It's been eight years since Jil Sander has designed a women's collection for the brand that bears her name and given the sadness with which Raf Simons' departure was met, it surely came under immense pressure. Sander pioneered minimalist basics focused on high quality fabrics, precise cuts, and expert tailoring and so she did just that for her gimmick-free utterly sophisticated Spring 2013 collection. Better yet, this could have easily been a collection designed by Simons making it clear that while Sander plans on sticking with her roots, she also plans on sticking with the fresh, modern touches (think plays on proportions) that the former creative director introduced.
Volume was key this season making for a slew of roomy tops and dresses that fit each of the models impeccably — not an easy feat when working with oversized proportions. Colorblocked sweaters and contrasting-lined coats stood out in the stellar comeback of a collection, which stuck to a safe color palette of burgundy, navy, black, and white.