29.01.13

Jil Sander Gives A Rare Interview To Elle UK

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Eight years ago Jil Sander left her successful fashion brand and watched from the sidelines as other designers steered it. Now she’s back, to finish what she started. The queen of minimalism chats with Elle UK on her return to Jil Sander, her thoughts on Raf Simons’ time at the label, her techniques to ageing gracefully and her joy of minimal style.

Below are some interview highlights. You can read the whole interview in the Elle UK March 2013 issue which is on sale tomorrow.

On what she did after she left Jil Sander: “I did many things. I travelled a lot, to places in Russia, Iran, Africa and the Near East, which I had always longed to see, but never found the leisure time to go. I read a lot and dedicated more time to my garden, but I also kept in touch with the arts and my professional work. It took some time to decide on the right move among the offers that came in quite regularly.”

On whether Raf Simons was a good fit to take over her role at Jil Sander when she left: “Yes, since he had great respect for the heritage of the brand.”

On how fashion has changed in her decade long absence: “The past decade was a time of disorientation. Stylistically, fashion moved more backwards than forwards. Economically though, things changed a lot. Globalisation triggered the huge accessories market.”

On why minimalism is seeing resurgence in fashion: “In a serious economic situation like this, people opt for understatement. They don’t feel like disguising and ‘dressing up.”

On whether she has any failsafe clothing in her wardrobe: “I only have failsafe clothing in my wardrobe. Except maybe high heels, which I wear for official evening invitations.”

On the three items she couldn’t live without: “A white shirt, dark jeans and a tailored navy coat.”

On her ethos on ageing: “To live simply, follow your dreams and never forget that anything can happen around the next corner. But the most important thing for me is to stay creative.”

Credit: ELLE UK

Celine Dion In Jil Sander – George V Hotel

Celine Dion and her husband, René Angélil, were spotted leaving ‘George V’ Hotel in Paris, France this afternoon.

The singer, who has reignited our girl crush for her splendid style, wore a Jil Sander Fall 2012 coat.

Her notched-lapel oversized wool coat with wide three-quarter length sleeves was styled with a light-grey scarf, dark-grey skinny jeans and nude accessories, including a Celine tote and pointy pumps.

What I’ve learned from this look is that grey and nude work so well together and that I also want to raid Celine’s closet.

You can buy Celine’s Jil Sander coat from farfetch.com US and farfetch.com.

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Who Wore Jil Sander Better…Gui Lun Mei or Kasia Smutniak?

Gui Lun Mei attended the 14th Taipei Film Festival awards ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, back in July, wearing my favourite piece from the Jil Sander Fall 2012 collection.

Her elegant navy wool dress which sits just off the shoulder was styled with simple black heels.

Kasia Smutniak, the breakout star of the 2012 Venice Film Festival, wore the same dress for photocall prior to the festival which announced her as the host of the opening and closing ceremonies.

While I prefer Kasia’s shoe choice, the illusion panel didn’t match her skin tone which I found bothersome, so Gui wins for me.

You can buy Gui Lun Mei and Kasia’s Jil Sander dress from Bergdorf Goodman and Luisa via Roma.

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25.09.12

Jil Sander Spring 2013

The Jil Sander Spring 2013 collection can be summed up in a few words: simple, clean lines.

Jil, who returned to her namesake line in February after eight years, reminded us of her signature design aesthetic by serving up tailored separates, sleeveless dresses, oversized blazers, tulip skirts, A-line coats and pinafores, with plenty of cocoon shapes and oversized pockets on a mostly black, white, navy and maroon colour palette with the odd pop of red.

I loved a lot of this collection, but my favourites were presented towards the end with a selection of white pieces accented with iridescent polka dots.

Pale faced models sported a center-parted ponytail.

Key accessories included wristlet clutches, booties and two-tone knee-high boots with an asymmetrical zipper.

Front Row: Anna Dello Russo

Favourites: White shirt paired with white polka-dot skirt and white bell-sleeve blouse with red tulip skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Tilda Swinton, Nicole Kidman, Leelee Sobieski, Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett

Credit: Style.com

03.09.12

Clotilde Courau In Jil Sander – 2012 Deauville American Film Festival Opening Ceremony

Clotilde Courau attended the 2012 Deauville American Film Festival opening ceremony on Friday evening.

The Princess of Venice and Piedmont was radiant wearing a Jil Sander Fall 2012 dress. It’s great to see this collection finally receiving more attention by celebrities.

Her pretty pink bustier dress with a gathered skirt was styled with matching pink platform pumps, with dazzling jewels including a spectacular cocktail ring.

A side-parted modern updo completed her breathtaking look.

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You can buy Clotilde’s Jil Sander dress from Luisa via Roma.

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