The sterile sound of winter winds echoed throughout the hall at Raf Simons latest outing for Jil Sander. Simons is a designer who knows how to perfect the minimalism trend without the clothes becoming too mundane. Here was no different, he opened the show with a padded box jacket and pleated stirrup pants that clung tightly to a pair of black patent wedges absolutely perfectly. It was luxe ski-wear meets couture. The clothes are simple in theory and colour but upon close inspection they look pretty luxurious.
A series of padded voluminous looks followed, precision engineered but streamlined to perfection, it appeared as if the clothes were contradicting themselves, again playing with the masculinity factor which has become popular for AW11.
Sigrid Agrens' monochrome look of black skirt and white heavy duty long sleeve top was accompanied by protective headgear with a coloured whirlwind pattern. Day to Night ski wear has never been so luxurious.
Then came oversize luxe, belted coat dresses, a series of rich couture inspired Van Gogh florals, followed by the 'haute' ski padded silks - functional and beautiful.
A truely signature collection for Jil Sander and Simons has shown yet again that his innate ability to structurally streamline a garment to the body is priceless.
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