Sander, Simons and Picasso

Jil Sander

This season I’ve noticed something remarkably exciting about fashion inspiration; it’s not all stemming from traditional Renaissance styles, it’s taking a look back at art that broke the boundaries of playing safe, that expressed personal emotions in a fresh and diverse way. In particular, Jil Sander and the work of Picasso that has inspired Raf Simons’ SS jumpers (we also saw Rodarte’s inspiration as Van Gogh).

Brilliantly emotive, the designs show off the sad dropped eyes of a lonesome character, the extended nose typical of Picasso’s depressive style in ‘Tete de Femme (Jacqueline)’. This doesn’t strike me as a collection stealing other creative talents, for Simons has transformed Jil Sander, this strikes me as a collection that beautifully celebrates cubist success.