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MILAN — A wave of exotic looks swept Milan for spring, but Jil Sander wasn’t part of it. Instead, her serene, stunningly self-assured collection, built around the look of a man’s shirt, provided a chic alternative. Sander opened her...

MILAN — A wave of exotic looks swept Milan for spring, but Jil Sander wasn’t part of it. Instead, her serene, stunningly self-assured collection, built around the look of a man’s shirt, provided a chic alternative. Sander opened her show with a blue-and-white group, then went on to do a variety of variations on the shirt. As ever, her coats were particularly strong, this time in versions that were structured but soft. Here, one of those crisp numbers, with a scarf tied at the neck. For more on the season, see today’s photo spreads, “Foreign Affairs” and “The Milan Collections: Image Bank.”

This story first appeared in the October 5, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.