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Jil Sander Womenswear A/W10

Raf Simons empowers the working women of today.

To say that there was a fair bit of confusion after the Jil Sander show would be an understatement. What film was that being used in the soundtrack throughout the show? Was that Cher from Clueless he was referencing with the strictly tailored subtle checks? Was there a Sloane ranger lurking somewhere there in the boxy high-necked shapes? Was that a 1920s bathing suit-inspired onesie? It might not be any of those things but at the very least, it was supposed to be a working woman's wardrobe where practicality was catered for (sorry heel aficionados, it's flat ankle boots all the way) but interest was not lost in the pieces. It started with a series of navy and black meticulously minimal slim coats, jumpsuits and dresses, dotted with portions of pale pink as well as an wisp of black chiffon on the hems. This then gave way to checks and nubby tweeds prompting various references, all in classic Jil Sander boxy shapes that were mostly short. All in one suits and short suits paired with the flat ankle boots introduced a tiny nod to active wear. By and large though, these were clothes for the working women of today for which Simons envisions a strict uniform.

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