Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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This was a show in two parts; designer Raf Simons started with a range of looks in wool cashmere that retained the original vision of spare design initially put in place by Jil Sander herself. Save for one red shift, the color palette was limited to black, white, grey and camel. After a brief light-filled interlude, what followed were suits and dresses that molded and sculpted the body in futuristic shapes, inspired by the work of mid-century French ceramicist, Pol Chambost. Simons used a simple palette of ice white, mist grey and a moonless night black for dresses, pants and jackets. Pops of bright color like yellow and orange were used to highlight certain details like the collar or lining of a skirt. By connecting the origins of the collection with its present incarnation, Raf Simons successfully offered up a fresh look at this iconic brand.
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