Jil Sander: blast from the future

There’s something different about Raf Simons’ composition for the Jil Sander spring 2012 collection. It’s dark for a start, darker then what we expect of a spring / summer collection. And perhaps it’s the plastic outerwear or wetter-than-wet hairstyles the models wore, but it’s hard to look at this collection and not get a sense that it belongs in some form of a dystopian future where it rains incessantly; a future where the air is thick and muggy. Not a future that will actually occur of course, but one as we might have imagined it some decades ago. For this Jil Sander collection takes so many of the elements of menswear in the 20th century, amalgamates and accentuates them, and then offers them up for 2012.

And the timing for doing so couldn’t be more perfect. After all, next year is a year where the influences upon fashion are expected to continue to come from the 70s and 60s but also reach as far back as the 20s and 30s. Hence the relaxed fit trousers of the Jil Sander spring / summer 2012 men’s offering don’t seem out of place when paired with slim cut jackets. Nor do the suit shorts, cut equally as lose and sometimes with pleats. And the accentuation? That figures in courtesy of the dominating collars and high-waist cuts which almost scream that they want to be anything but hip huggers.

You can see all of the Jil Sander spring / summer 2012 collection by clicking on the thumbnails and browsing through the gallery.