Jil Sander: Beauty Parlor Chic and More

We had discussed this at The Blonde & The Brunette.  Jil Sander had been one of our favorite designer lines for a long time and then it just gradually fell off our radar.  More of the same every season. Reliable Raf. Well, Raf Simmons woke us up in Paris this week.  Big time!  From trotting out the white beauty parlor looks that were striking examples of minimal genius to his ladylike dresses and suits (which I sensed, and could be wrong, drew on a bit of the nostalgia for Jackie O brilliantly reinterpreted to hats and the cropped bouffant). He moved on to the crispest sweater dressing, beautiful prints and plaids with a breezy sheer element.  The surprise close was Simmons’ take on a Jil Sander bride.  Who is she?  She’s stark and gorgeous and knows how to make an entrance strong enough for the man waiting at the altar (could it be Mr. Big waiting for Carrie, as she could pull this off) to be glad he said, “Will you marry me?”.

– NJ, The Brunette