The speculations surrounding Raf Simons and his recent separation with Jil Sander, the brand, were not enough to lessen the impact of his last collection for the brand. The song “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star introduced us to what could have been Mr.Simon’s most romantic and sexiest collection. An oversized wool-dress-coat came down the runway in the most purest earthy-pink, held closed next to the chest; a Geisha-like quality. If Raf Simons is allegedly taking over the house of Christian Dior, then the excitement to see a collection by a true modernist in his time has proven to be beyond and yet equally shocking.
As seen in the previous spring collection, the Jil Sander woman has started to become aware of her body. The continuation to highlight her figure in a easy way was evident in Saturday’s act. Let’s say that perhaps the geisha took off her Kimono? After the heart-shape one piece jumper and the key coat of the collection (which also came in black), the introduction of the ever so symbolic color red reinforced how romantic the Jil Sander woman is becoming. After skipping through the metallic dresses and somewhat of a less dominate suiting group came the closing black dresses. One dress was shown half constructed in leather that accentuated the breast of the woman wearing it, then a sleeveless LBD was offered with PVC (now tha’ts a bold lady), and the closing dress could of easily blend in Mr. Dior’s “new look” in the 40s.
Well done Mr.Simons and lets hope that the founder of the brand can continue the revival you made possible.