Jil Sander, who in February 2012 reclaimed her place as creative director of the brand, gave the fashion world exactly what they wanted, expected, and hoped for in her spring/summer 2013 collection; designs of pure minimalistic integrity and singular vision that has always, and once again, set the designer apart.
This was a womanly collection cut on forgiving rounded shapes that cocooned the body in volume. Models wearing circle skirts, elliptic line coats and softened a-line shirts all looped around a catwalk that featured an oval shaped basin at its center - another subtle echo of the designer’s chosen form of the season.
The color choices for the show was unwaveringly strong. Outfits came crafted either in a solitary statement shade like deep navy, burgundy, pitch black or pristine white, or off center color blocks. The finely done knitwear pieces with long sleeves woven with uneven slabs of color looked straight forward but felt original. As did the oversized hourglass cut polo shirt, and a Navy blue ensemble that featured wide diagonal pocket flaps on the torso, as well as hidden deep pockets on the skirt.
It will be interesting to see how Sander’s can develop her distinctive style now that so many designers in the industry have also taken up the fight for modern minimalism. For now, she has proven herself to be a clear force to be reckoned with.
- Jessica Michault