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Defining Moments: Jil Sander’s Shape-Shifter

Raf Simons at Jil Sander served up staples that were daringly innovative with sculptural, rounded shapes.

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WWD Men's Collections issue 03/16/2009

In a season when many designers focused on the most basic and salable building blocks of a wardrobe, Raf Simons at Jil Sander served up staples that were daringly innovative with sculptural, rounded shapes. The voluminous curvature through the torso and the shoulders evoked armor, off-setting the feminine effect of an hourglass shape. Tops included bulbous, sweatshirtlike pullovers and thick, ribbed sweaters with dropped shoulders and curving sleeves. Employing a bonded and reinforced velvet, Simons broadcast his unmistakable molded shapes with a futuristic gleam.


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