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Today, Jil Sander made her highly anticipated (third) return to womenswear for her eponymous label. The show notes spoke of “Verticality, rocket style. Reset to zero… pristine, crisp”; Accordingly, Sander delivered a characteristically precise presentation that delivered on all counts. Her disciplined colour palette of navy, maroon and white showcased the elegant tapered shapes and sculpted curves of cropped jackets, whilst long blazers and 3/4 length coats had an airy sculptural stiffness to them. Fitted jumpers with stark graphic lines, worn with thick leather belts, showed-off the simplicity of the lines; whilst a vivid shot of orange for a pair of trousers and one of the high-waisted skirts was perfectly pitched amongst the muted tones. Each look was accompanied by high-heeled leather ankle boots, sometimes with a white cuff or by diagonally zippered, color-blocked knee-high boots – destined to be on every fashion editor’s wish-list for next season. Dressy evening wear has never been a part of Sander’s vocabulary, but for her final looks, she showed white dresses and skirts implanted with (Kusama style) circular reflective discs, a neat and restrained translation of the current 60s/space-age trend. Welcome back Jil, you have been missed.
Text: Caroline Newell
Photography: Mitchell Sams
See all of our SS13 womenswear coverage here.