Life in Technicolor – Jil Sander

Goodbye minimalism, hello modernism. Last year we relished in muted simplicity a la Celine, and this year all eyes are on the colour popping collection of Jil Sander.

Deemed ‘the collection’ of Milan fashion week, designer Raf Simons is the new colour king. His spring/summer 2011 range is the new take on modern glam. Maintaining his unfussy premise, plain white tees were tucked into billowing tangerine trousers and voluminous fuchsia skirts.

Loud floral prints were splashed across ballon-like dresses and enlarged vertical stripes candy-caned floor length skirts. Everything about the show was in excess – bold colours, heavily draped silhouettes and Busta Rhymes blaring in the background. Waif like models had a whole lotta fabric to move around in. To keep the focus on the clothes (how could you not?) accessories were kept to a bear minimum with models wearing ballet flats (albeit the sole was neon orange) and handbags resembled canvas shoppers. Models went bare faced, besides bubblegum pink lips, and hair was scraped back.

Celebs are feeling the love for Jil Sander’s creations – Kate Bosworth was spotted in Jil Sander at December’s Hollywood Style Awards, and so was Tilda Swinton at last week’s Golden Globes! Drew Barrymore also received hot buzz for her orange Jil Sanda number. I’m not convinced by this look, I mean, colour on the streets of London? Leave it to Hollywood.

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