Season's Round Up # 2: JIL SANDER SPRING SUMMER 2013 MENSWEAR
For her 1st collection post leaving her brand back in 2004, Jil Sander's showing at the Spring-Summer 2013 Menswear show was a cornucopia of minimalism. It being her trademark design philosophy, for which it is the backbone of her own label, it comes as no surprise that she resorts to it this new season. The above pieces are my favorite from the show, which I must say featured a lot of classic tailored-feel pieces. I guess it should come as no surprise given Ms. Sanders' minimalist approach. What struck me though is that she was able to bring to life a show via the idea of layering and contrasting through pops of colors on black & white staples - be it a sleeveless blue coat with a plain white shirt or a plain cardigan spliced with emerald and acidic lemon or color-blocking a sleeveless beige & off white coat, which interestingly enough creates an illusion of a letter M on the chest. It definitely was an interesting first showing after years of being away from her label. I'm not saying I'm jumping off my chair and loving it, but it definitely was of interest and note as a collection. Call it nostalgia if you must, but I'm somewhat missing Raf Simons' flair for the dramatic at the moment.