The founder of the fashion line may have exited the company but that gives a wide berth for the new creative director, Rodolfo Paglialunga to come in and sweep us off our feet. We have always been in love with the Jil Sander line. It has always been that chic sophistication, the clean lines and the focus on professionalism that has drawn us in. Paglialunga keeps to the original motifs but further expands on the collection, giving it a more personal style. The clothes remain practical but beautiful, minimalistic but saying much as they hug curves and define waists. The Jil Sander spring/summer 2016 collection presented on the Milan Fashion Week runway certainly did it justice, what with the soft, white silks and the gentle sways of the fabrics. We see quality here, disciplined lines and rigorous precision in the cuts and the seams. However, while these adjectives might generally describe the house rules, we see our designer take things to a new level as he decides to go witt the flow as well, leading to some incredibly lovely designs.
Examples of modern creativity include: a simple two-button blazer covering up the hips and buttocks spliced at the shoulder seams and with a black cable belt cinching at the waist to add stark contrast to the cream and white ensemble, ruffle trimmed dress underneath and all. We have to say we love the matching hat though! Those shoes are decidedly old-fashioned, but somehow fit well with the whole old Europe theme happening throughout. We see blouses with slashed sleeves and skirts that have been tied in a knot; we notice below-the-knees cropped trousers and sleeveless pantsuits where the hems are cropped at the ankles and the blouse beneath sports a rather lovely plunging neckline kept up with crisscrossing strings seen under the halter vest. Matching hat and shoes certainly add to the appeal. And have you seen the dress with the spliced shoulder and sliced waist, wraparound slit up the center?
Whites, mustard and cream are the common theme here, gentle sky blues making an appearance and totally throwing us for a limb. Beautiful guipure over the blue silk make for an awesome English themed dress, legs and arms covered in a manner that allows women of all cultures and religions to explore the world of fashion. The brightest color in the mix was the red leather coat, while we see a pale pink and mauve apron dress which shone with beauty throughout, plainly cut, but with quite a bit of artistic thought, held together at the waist by a rather intriguing design. We see black and navy blue come onto the scene, though we have to wonder at some of these pieces. The great material with the grey hat and grey, white buckled shoes, along with the grey and white handbag look right at home on the stage, doing Jil Sander in a more creative manner, despite the lack of embellishments. Sometimes, it is that simplicity which earns an outfit its popularity.
Photos courtesy of Vogue