In his sophomore womenswear show for Jil Sander, designer Rodolfo Paglialunga looked to be towing more closely the sartorial party line then he did with his debut collection.
There are those that might argue that the lineup of long and lean looks, which were beautifully accented by a central cluster of square columns painted in tonally similar hues as those used in the collection, leaned perhaps closer to the concepts explored during the Raf Simons era rather than that of the brand’s founder. But that is really neither here nor there.
The important thing was Paglialunga’s modern minimalist was infinitely appealing, even if the show needed to be streamlined with a stronger edit, which would have invigorated the collection. But we can put a pin in that for now. Let’s get back to those clean and collected clothes.
The designer was more daring with his color play, bringing in bright shades as color blocking via layering of differing monochrome designs. He also went with a graphic use of line work that saw bold grid patterns appear on outerwear, a bit of slim striping on shift dresses and razor pleat fronted pants as well as one fluffy feel good sweater.
This was a well-executed show filled with pieces that will appeal to the brand’s loyal customer base. Because at the end of the day, in this business, that is all that really matters.