Raf Simons, who has been head of this minimalist brand for a few years, is taking Jil to new territory. I respect Raf Simons very much, for in the past few seasons Raf has been toying with changing the Jil Sander woman as the fashion industry becomes more modern and more demanding. To much glory, Raf Simons has taken Jil Sander into more conceptual boundaries then that of the clean robot silhouettes Jil Sander has always been known for. What is so genius about Raf is that his designs are always pure but never heavy and never over-accessorized. This season Raf brought sex to the Jil Sander woman in a way never before seen. His inspirations were land artists and the 1970's film Zabriskie Point (screens throughout the show even showed a 'Death Valley' sex scene from the film). This season the collection was more natural, organic and frayed (literally). Earth and a new aspect of nature were sure inspirations for the deconstructive aspects to the collections. The pieces were very creative and defined, almost as if he was literally 'taking apart' Jil Sander. The looks consisted of classic Jil Sander silhouettes that were ripped, torn and frayed at the edges or perhaps akwardly draped. Trench-like skirts gave ease and cool to this refined girl. Some skirts and dresses even had pieces of torn or 'peeling' fabrics clinging off the garment, inspired by deconstructed houses. Thin and transparent knits layered over pieces giving them a dreamy illusion, and earth tone metallic dresses and STUNNING accessories grasped the vision together. The shoes were vision of their own, almost unable to describe. Whatever Raf Simons was thinking this season, he went somewhere new, somewhere undeniably disturbing and beautiful. This collection was undoubtedly uncovering something new, but beneath each piece was still the classic Jil Sander shining through, and that will always be relevant. Let's dance in the sunshine in Jil Sander, never mind the six inch heels.
(all photos courtesy of Style.com)