What Raf Simons has brought to Jil Sander is immeasurable. He has a unique ability to make even structured, geometric, powerful looks feel soft and flowing. This season the designer saw himself inspired by Angelina Jolie and her role in the film, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.”
Fittingly, the collection began with a slew of black, monochromatic looks designed with clean lines and paired with flat Velcro-strap flat boots, natural makeup, and clean ponytails. While at first glance many of the looks may appear simple, closer inspection reveals endless subtle detailing, including careful pleating, sheer panels, slits, pockets, and ruching.
In an interesting twist, Simons was also inspired by the Anna Wintour/Vogue documentary “The September Issue,” so the middle of the show tweeds made their way into tailored separates and day dresses. The structure of the majority of the collection underscored the influence of these two powerful women – particularly in the menswear-inspired, leg-exposing playsuits.
While nearly every look was high on wearability, the designer could have done without the plaid, and I was disappointed that there weren’t more cocktail options, especially given the endless parade of beautiful looks the designer showed for his Spring/Summer 2010 collection.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.