Raf for Jil, now for Raf

by Mikelle S

There was something in the Raf Simons Spring 2013 collection that looked distinctly Jil.

But not Jil, like Jil is back at Jil, no more of Jil like, Raf for Jil and now that Jil is back at Jil, Raf can do what he did for Jil, for Raf. Get it?

Maybe it was the shirting. Maybe that’s it. You know Jil does have a talent with a crisp white shirt – though she’s not the only one – and Raf did do her justice. And then there was that translucent cover, yes, very Jil. But the collar? The black mini skirt – or is that one of those 70s concoctions.. the skort? Raf, certainly all Raf.

The collection was unfaltering, yet it seemed to be increasingly a continuation of the designer’s work for the label he formerly creatively directed, Jil Sander, than his own brand. The complaints won’t be forthcoming from this corner though: I enjoyed his careful use of color, sporadic yet powerful adding of graphic, and precise – maybe even aggressive – silhouettes. It was actually this, that I was afraid we’d lose with the designer’s move instead it seems that all of it comes now with a stronger hand.

But if this hand is this strong, what about the one that holds the couture?