What, you weren't just livestreaming the Jil Sander SS 2013 show? You missed the fashion moment of the season? The return of Jil herself to her namesake label? Wtf?
To say I was worried about Jil's return is an understatement. Raf's sudden departure left us all a bit shell-shocked and having not discovered my own love for minimal design until well into the 2000s, I was not really accustomed to Jil's ways. I wasn't just going to switch to wearing Dior womenswear so the only outlet for my burgeoning Raf addiction would be his own, slightly overpriced, label. Yet I needn't have worried.
It appears Jil didn't stray too far from the legacy Raf has left at the brand. Maybe this was due to pressure from above (money talks, don't ya know), perhaps she didn't have time to replace the in-house design team. Surely they had already started working on SS13 when Raf made his move? In any case, it seemed like the classics of the past few years were still there: the boxy t-shirts, the simplistic yet bold prints, the tailored jackets. Maybe the shorts were a little looser in a Swallows and Amazons sense than we'd have expected from Raf but this could quite easily have been one of his (admittedly weaker) collections. I'm happy. I'll probably get a t-shirt. And a polka-dot printed jacket. And a(nother) clutch.
Now we just have to wait to see what Raf will do at Dior.
P.S. Photos 'borrowed' from NowFashion.