“American Elite” was Raf Simons’ inspiration for Jil Sander’s pre-fall collection. Referencing boarding school girls and upper-class mothers, the lineup riffed on the Fifties, Sixties and Eighties. For his look book shoot, Simons orchestrated very luxe vignettes of models photographed in an old mansion à la life in a study hall/library. Thus the clothes had a relaxed ease with collegiate lettering on sweaters, and sweats (dresses, tops, pants) done with a retro nod to football and baseball, all mixed in with long, full skirts and maxi coats. For witty charm, the words silence, promise, eternal, faith and notorious were scripted letter jacket-style on shoes, handbags and the backs of dresses.

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