Jil Sander Menswear A/W11

Raf Simons showed another colourful collection full of quilted T-shirts, layered turtleneck knitwear and elegant tailoring

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Raf Simons continued his colourful palette for the latest Jil Sander collection. Although the first few outfits were black and grey, we soon saw almost every shade possible, from green to pink and yellow. Ribbed turtleneck jumpers was often seen underneath simple and plain coats, staying true to Jil’s original minimalist aesthetic. 

The main material throughout the show was a quilted nylon fabric that made plastic trousers, T-shirts, jackets and coats look elegant beyond its actual remit. Layered knits underneath suits and an army-inspired multi pocketed parka all made it an excellent outing for Simons, but it was the idea of wearing a white quilted T-shirt that most people fell for.

Dazed Digital: What was the starting point for you this time around?
Raf Simons: It was about going back to the early stages of Jil’s menswear; the purity, the reducing and the non-referential. And also to focus on material and texture. 

DD: What else inspired the show?
Raf Simons: There was a bit of Amish in there, with industrial feeling for the 21st century.

DD: What was the quilted fabric?
Raf Simons: All the quilted material was nylon...

DD: And the initial suits, was that cashmere?
Raf Simons: No, industrialised wool that is used in the furniture business!

DD: Do you have a favourite piece?
Raf Simons: It is hard to say, I like the idea of having a quilted T-shirt in the winter, because it is warm enough.

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