Jil Sander’s sleek, sculptural and pragmatic designs embody the best of German aesthetics since Bauhaus. After a decade away from the helm of her eponymous label, Sander will return to contribute her unique form of ‘clean chic’ to the international fashion scene.
Sander, from Wesselburen, Schleswig-Holstein, made her debut in Paris in 1975. Her soft minimalist style went unnoticed in the glitzy 80s. It wasn’t until the mid-90s, when fashion underwent an ideological overhaul and purged magazine pages of theatrical clothes, loud make-up and excess that Sander, along with Armani, Donna Karan and a handful of Japanese designers, came to represent the zeitgeist.
Her sharp, professional, dignified designs reflected women’s serious aspirations and intelligent ideals. Sander left the company in 2004 and worked on a series of projects, including a compelling collaboration with the mass-market Uniqlo brand. Raf Simons, her successor, who left the label in February 2012, added arresting splashes of colour to his collections and spearheaded the recent colour-blocking trend. Insiders at the recent Milan Fashion Week announced that Sander will return to dress a new generation of working women. The return of her ageless, quietly authoritative style will be welcomed.