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Photography by Mark Reay

Jil Sander Navy Womenswear SS13

50s sport and leisure as the Navy line heads to New York

Inspired by sportswear tennis and leisure sport looks from the 1950's, Jil Sander Navy retained minimalism in form but took some more lavish directions in its Spring/Summer collection by way of embellishments and print. Swashes of patterned beading were laid out over pleats, whilst on other pieces florals in bright red or black and white made playful allover print looks on poppy mid-length dresses. The Jil Sander cool factor was still in all the cuts, simple and straightforward with clean lines and crisp fits. The collared shirt dress, for example, looks sharp in every colorway and in almost every situation. Most interesting were some of the accessories, nylon mesh zip pouches with another leather zip pouch inside, or a similar interaction translated into a stylish tote bag. Passing through the presentation on the first floor was another standout piece, a dress with graphic divers cascading down a printed panel on the front. Though not to go into production, it was an excellent show piece and an appropriate homage to the sleek and sporty source that started the collection off.