Jil Sander, who returned to her eponymous label only a season ago, has certainly gotten back into the swing of things. For fall 2013, she showed a beautifully-made, cohesive collection, that didn't even go near the kind of frills, bells and whistles other designers might employ. It was the kind of collection one might expect from the so-called queen of minimalism.
But minimalism doesn't mean boring--there were certainly thrills without the frills in this collection. The simply (but expertly) tailored dresses and coats were so exquisitely-cut that more than one editor remarked on their beauty. And while, like last season, Sander stuck mostly to a palette of navy, black and grey, there were refreshing jolts of color--pale orange, yellow and powder blue--mixed in with other neutrals.
The statement pieces towards the end--a navy ponyskin coat, black fur-blocked coat, and knit and felt pieces with metallic stripes--were the perfect blend of embellishment and simplicity.
While Sander mentioned some pretty obscure reference points in her show notes, the collection wasn't something you had to 'get', it was simply beautiful, well-made clothes.