Raf Simons: Exits Jil Sander
One man’s loss, is another man’s gain-Raf Simons is back on the market!
As Raf Simons says goodbye to Jil Sander, and possibly steps up to the Dior plate, it is a good time to look at the amazing work the designer did to revive a dying brand.
Jil Sander as a brand has always been based on structured classics with a subdued elegance and simplicity. Simons freshened up this persona by adding bold colors, prints, couture cuts, and a sense of narrative. Raf Simons has a very unique way of creating effortlessly wearable clothing imbued with depth and content. There is no need for excess embellishments, or overly complex patterns for a design by Simons to speak volumes. His work is truly modern. Even when drawing from vintage silhouettes for inspiration, Raf Simons pushes the language forward into a dreamlike world of futuristic lightness. It is a world that evokes optimism. There is always something about Raf Simons work that conjures images of the gleaming sun reflecting off of water for me. There is a calming, singular presence in his vision, a sense of confidence.
-image sourced from Fashion Rules
-image sourced from Best Clothing Company
Below are clips from three of his most recent collections for the brand which were truly sublime. It will be interesting to see where Sander herself takes the brand now that she is back at the design helm. What do you think, will the brand regret the loss of Raf Simons?