Saturday, June 19, 2010
Jil Sander - Spring 2011 - Review
Colors that once seemed restricted to American Apparels are only now making their way into designer collections, beginning with Raf Simons for Jil Sander. Right out of the gate Mr. Simons blasts the audience with color so vivid that you would think you were tripping on some sort of hallucinogen, and it only intensifies from there. Solid color blocking in slim pants and T-Shirts turns into graphic stripes in a maze-like print on long sleeve shirts, and later splotches of color under trenches and large flowers on button downs. Even the bottoms of the brogues were coated in neon.
The neon parade was interrupted by a few navy suits towards the end, one of which was exceptionally alluring with a belted blazer. Though his clothes may not be entirely wearable (with the exception of the suits), Mr. Simons is a master of fit, and every piece that walked the runway for spring 2011 was no exception.
Though diverse in its color palette, the collection was somewhat limited in design. While not as shocking on the runway, is a smart choice for sales. The Jil Sander customer is comfortable in understated clothes, and if he is able to stray from his usual black, white, grey, and beige neutral palette in favor of a bright pop of neon, he will most likely do so in a basic T-shirt or pants rather than a more fashion forward garment. Whatever the answer may be, the customer can't go wrong when Mr. Simons is fitting the garment.