We're all back at uni and the festivities have definitely cooled down, it's time to be serious! There is however always time for fashion. A move by one designer is very timely I think in meeting the social calendar of her audience. This is Ms Jil Sander. I'm not one for toned down attire but her craftsmanship and attention to the female silhouette is remarkable. Since leaving her mark on the industry in 1978 with her eponymous label Ms Sander has gone on to explore her creative abilities in fashion.
As we all know her +J collection and relationship with Uniqlo has come to an end. I do believe she was completely suitable for the brand and their signature of easy to wear everyday style as a consistent minimalist aesthetic resonates throughout her collections year after year.
Her Pre-Fall 2012 collection is a subtle reworking of the classic collegiate style of dressing. Her mark has been put on it, with the use of a minimalist colour palette which is very appropriate for A/W. Oversized silhouettes and nipped in waists at points are featured to accentuate the figure, a look that is chic and mature. Brought subtly to life with not only the interesting use of cream, deep red and royal green, in the place of traditional Greek insignia words such as 'Promise' and 'Silence' are lightly embroidered on the back of jackets and collars further strengthening the connection between the theme of the collection and the traditions or more so 'rules' of sisterhood and sorority.
Consisting of coat-dresses manipulated into varsity jackets, voluminous tweed skirts and monogrammed jumpers the collection has me heading happily into the classroom. A wonderful reminder of the how her relationship with simplicity brings something extraordinary and fashion forward.
(photos source fashiongonerogue.com)