Posted on December 7, 2011

Jil Sander for Uniqlo


German designer Jil Sander, queen of minimalistic elegance, has designed a final range (+J)  for Japanese High Street brand Uniqlo this year, ending her collaboration with the high street retailer after three years.  Time to storm Uniqlo and secure one of her outstanding pieces!

Jil’s trademark style is minimalism with clever and unusual details. Sophisticated trench coats, extravagant Blazer and shirt dresses with pleats.

Jil on her Uniqulo range: “My vision for the next century is basics for everyone, clear cuts and modern sophistication. Distinctive cuts, pleasant materials and sculptural, iconic silhouettes are the key elements. A new era of sportswear oozing couture appeal.”

 My favourite pieces below:

 Jil’s favourite colour combination: navy blue and white: I’m wearing a navy blue woollen slim skirt and a long sleeved stand-up collar shirt with bow detail

Tuxedo pleated long sleeved shirt

Woollen wide leg trousers and woollen coat


Classic Trench coat

 Navy blue woollen cape

And here’s a little bit of juicy gossip too:

“Jil is the founder of the Jil Sander fashion group which was sold to Prada in 1999. Sander remained creative designer and became chairwoman in the new joint venture. Six months later, in January 2000, Sander unexpectedly resigned abruptly as chairwoman and shortly thereafter as chief designer after confrontations with Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli. An uncompromising perfectionist, Sander had refused to use cheaper fabrics and to bring the traditionally slim fits in line with standard sizes, as demanded by Bertelli in the context of drastic cost cuts and a more affordable mainstream approach

Sander returned to the company as head designer and partner in a surprise decision in May 2003. Officially, Bertelli “approached Ms. Sander and began negotiating a truce”. Sander’s designs, bearing the Jil Sander signature with a more feminine look, were a hit with both customers and critics. Designing two collections which were both showcased in Milan, Sander altered Prada-appointed designer Milan Vukmirovic’s existing sketches for the men’s collection, redesigned some of the boutiques and audited the books herself.

However, in November 2004, Sander terminated cooperation with Prada for good and resigned from her post again after insurmountable differences with Mr. Bertelli. Sander subsequently withdrew from the fashion world.”

Sounds as if there is no love lost between Mr Bertelli and Jil!

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