Jil Sander on the Last Decade: 'Stylistically, Fashion Moved More Backwards Than Forwards.'


(ImaxTree) Jil Sander at her spring 2013 show in Milan

Iconic designer Jil Sander, who made a triumphant return to her namesake label last season after a multi-year absence following a Prada buyout, granted a rare interview to Elle UK in its March 2013 issue, which lands on UK newsstands today. If you're a fan of Jil Sander, you'll definitely want to check it out—here are some of our favorite bits, below.

What did Jil Sander do after she left her label? "I did many things. I travelled a lot, to places in Russia, Iran, Africa, and the Near East, which I had always longed to see, but never found the leisure time to go. I read a lot and dedicated more time to my garden, but I also kept in touch with the arts and my professional work. It took some time to decide on the right move among the offers that came in quite regularly."

What did she think of Raf Simons at Jil Sander? "He had great respect for the heritage of the brand."

On how fashion has changed in the past ten years: "The past decade was a time of disorientation. Stylistically, fashion moved more backwards than forwards. Economically though, things changed a lot. Globalisation triggered the huge accessories market."

On the rebirth of minimalism: "In a serious economic situation like this, people opt for understatement. They don't feel like disguising and 'dressing up.'"

On her own wardrobe: "I only have failsafe clothing in my wardrobe. Except maybe high heels, which I wear for official evening invitiations."

Three things she can't live without: "A white shirt, dark jeans, and a tailored navy coat."

Her ethos: "To live simply, follow your dreams, and never forget that anything can happen around the next corner. But the most important thing for me is to stay creative."
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