It was all about the professional here. Truth be told, we expected much better from the Jil Sander fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection that was released onto the Milan Fashion Week runway this afternoon, the cuts not really inspiring us, though some of the pieces were pretty lovely to behold. There are 41 outfits to the line-up, all falling below the knees in hems, some with slits up one leg, others with asymmetrical shoulder arrangements. We see a lot of black and a lot of white, a lot of cream and some lighter shades of grey. We even see a tinge of gold here and there, but too little to really take notice.
And while most of the shoes worn are the same style of pumps, specifically high throat pointy pieces in glossy leathers and subtle metallic with toe capping and stacked heels involved, we also notice the existence of knee-length boots that are pretty far from the sexy side. Actually, if we had to vote, we would definitely rank the collection by Jil Sandler as one of the least sexy to come up onto the catwalk.
There are some really nice dresses though, even if one in particular just makes the chest look all the bigger and the arms like the lady wearing it has been lifting weights for a while now. From the footwear to the outerwear, what we see is simplicity and covered-up contorted minimalism.
Jil Sander is in of itself a German luxury fashion house, which is probably why the looks have a post-Soviet style to them. It is an East Meets West conundrum here and that is what makes the line-up so very special, even if we are wondering about the market acceptance of the looks.
We are positive that pieces like the high-neck white midi dress that fits like a glove or the shimmering silver piece with the looser top and tight pencil skirt in a monotonous manner and pretty full coverage will certainly be attracting all the right customers. We are not so sure about the looser creations, including the black bag of a dress with plunging neckline and tulle covering beyond the mini level.
Plunging necklines definitely seem to be a top choice of chest opening, though the equally high necklines give a very sweet look to the collection as a whole. It overall looks like it was meant for an older populace with a preference for covering up, despite the few that can do everywhere from age 25 and onwards. Millennials might not be the target audience here anyhow as we have a large aging population very much in love with fashion still.
Photos courtesy of Vogue