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Jil Sander Navy Looks to Matisse Cutouts for Inspiration

Eliza Jordan

25 September 2015

For the spring/summer 2016 Jil Sander Navy collection, the German fashion line is sticking to its minimalistic approach, offering something a little more creative for the feminine aesthetic. Eclectic prints—that were created from the same art process as cutting out colored paper—payed homage to Henri Matisse, and abstract florals were seen on a minimal Hawaiian-styled motif.

There are multicolored jacquard prints, stripes inspired by Italian sun beds, enliven skirts, and pixellated references. But what stands out the most is the art of layering. Underskirts and overskirts in a variety of alternated proportions appear to be the new “it” outerwear combination. With pointed hems resembling a men’s waistcoat, the geometric shapes play on the masculine edge of femininity. Sportswear-like jackets make an appearance in parkas, and their light techno fabric detailing enhances the strong, yet comforting, image.

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In this collection, the color palette takes reign in the most vivid of ways. Bold and immediate, there is a sharp blue, a striking red, and pixels of yellow, maroon, and baby pink. To top it all off, plexi bangles and earrings are complemented by playful handbags, heeled sandals, and lace-up wedge shoes.

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