Jil Sander's return to her namesake label was arguably as highly anticipated as Raf Simons' debut presentation at Dior. While the fashion world wondered how Simons would make the switch and translate the look of the Dior woman, at the same time, we were secure knowing that Jil Sander, the line, could not possibly be in better hands than those of Jil Sander, the designer. And this weekend's Milan Fashion Week presentation only confirmed all of this.Sander, who has not been at the helm of the fashion house since 2005, hardly shocked us with her spring '13 collection. Instead, she delighted us with classic reductionist style, inspired us with her ability to stay true to her aesthetic and still feel fresh, and reminded us that nothing beats clean lines and impeccable structure (sound familiar?). From start to finish, the collection weaved together covetable pieces in black, white, and warm shades of red — including searing crimson pants that peeked beneath an elongated creme vest and a wine-colored jumper dress with super-sized pockets. (That last one was arguably our favorite look, if we were really forced to choose one.) Sander also incorporated thoughtful use of colorblocking in tea-length frocks, subtle metallic shine by way of iridescent polka dots, and finally, mid-calf, two-tone boots and boxy clutches to pull the looks together. And, to reinforce the idea that all is right in the (fashion) world, Sander followed the parade of models, taking a bow in a pants suit so perfect, only she could have been the mastermind behind the seams. Welcome back, Jil!
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