Haute couture shapes in neon-bright nylon and polyester blends: Raf Simons’ S/S11 collection for Jil Sander marked a seismic shift in the fashion industry, writes Alexander Fury
Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst is currently deifying the legacy of Jil Sander – woman, rather than label – in an ode to minimalism that links Sander’s legacy to German Modernism and Bauhaus notions of form following function. It’s a school of style that has proven profoundly influential both in Sander’s own time as a designer, and after. Everyone, from Céline to COS and all in-between, references Sander’s shtick of the lean, mean and clean.
And yet, under the hand of Raf Simons, who joined the label in 2005, then purely a menswear designer making his first tentative foray...
When asked which garment she would have liked to have been responsible for creating during a rare interview in 2012, Rei Kawakubo declared, “I would have liked to invent the plain white shirt.” And it makes perfect sense that the Comme des Garçons founder champion this seemingly humble item of clothing, for despite outward appearances, the simple button-up holds infinite sartorial possibility.
Much like Kawakubo herself, the white shirt is a fashion icon, but doesn’t think of itself as such. It’s a democratic garment, taking on new meaning through the way it is worn. It is both anti-fashion and high fashion, perennially chic. So if you don’t already own one, it’s about time you go out and buy it – whether...
Major changes are coming at Jil Sander. The fashion house announced the appointment of two new creative directors this morning: husband-and-wife duo Lucie and Luke Meiers.
Following Rodolfo Paglialunga's exit from the house last month, the Meiers' will take the helms at Jil Sander, effective immediately.
"We feel proud and honored to join this beautiful brand. To be able to work on this side by side makes this opportunity even more special to us. We hope to show the affection we have for this brand through our work, as Jil Sander has had such a profound influence on our paths," the couple said in a joint release.
Lucie and Luke Meier have been appointed Creative Directors of Jil Sander. #NEU #JILSANDER
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Rapper and streetwear aficionado Travis Scott has teamed up with iconic brand Helmut Lang to create a limited edition capsule collection consisting of 19 casual menswear pieces.
The collection is accompanied by a lo-fi short film made by London-based filmmaker Sharna Osborne and model-turned-stylist Tom Guinness. The pieces which range from trainers to denimwear are inspired by Travis’s Texan upbringing, featuring collaged bull and cowboy graphics mixed with Lang’s neatly cut silhouettes.
“I remember going to the rodeo and seeing these guys in oversized jean jackets and boots with big ass buckles—it was the cowboy look,” said Scott to Vogue. “I’ve been wearing Helmut Lang since I was 15 years old.”