Saturday, May 19, 2012

When Jil Was At Jil Sander

You go thrifting and in a pile you pull out a piece that will totally thrill you because it's something you understand, you like and from a designer you admire. I couldn't imagine fashion history without Jil Sander and her style of minimalism that she calls 'pure'. I own quite a few of her designs and like many of her peers during the 90's trend of paring down, Helmut Lang, Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela, Calvin Klein, et al, their clothes reveal more than meets the eye. Wearing the piece is an integral ingredient in understanding the kind of fashion they made. The feel of the fabric, cut, proportion, and attention to details separates it from run-of-the-mill clothing. The white and flesh zipped jacket above is one example where the finest cotton was cut into a slim jacket without any additional vestigial details. Light, functional and easy - a kind of fashion that integrates into your practical living. It's the kind of clothing that was designed a long time ago but still totally relevant today.

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