Relevant. Jil Sander AW17

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Who would have thought that Rodolfo Paglialunga finally finds his niche at Jil Sander? Sadly, just at the moment, when he’s rumored to be leaving the brand. Hopefully it’s not true, because his autumn-winter 2017 collection is his best outing to date. It’s filled with the season’s best duvet outerwear and voluminous suits. Yes, we’ve seen them elsewhere, but those two match Jil Sander’s codes well, making the brand relevant. And who doesn’t love a power blazer? An ultimate business partner.

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Corporate Cool. Jil Sander SS17

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Rodolfo Paglialunga is the creative director of Jil Sander for the second year, and throughout this quite long period of time (considering the industry’s pace), I haven’t seen even one, good collection that would stuck in my head. Jil Sander is called the ‘queen of minimalism’, and when she was departing the brand, she left a rich legacy for her successors. Rodolfo’s aesthetic is, honestly, obliged to be all about “less is more” while designing at Sander, but it sadly doesn’t feel authentic at all – it’s not him, and it’s not Jil anymore.

His spring-summer 2017 is an unexpected step forward, as it went under a ‘how-to-be-relevant’ treatment. Paglialunga isn’t revealing nothing but the fact he is obsessed with Demna Gvasalia’s style at Vetements. At least, there’s something to write about – the clothes, and the overall outing, is filled with covetable pieces, like an over-sized men shirt or a buttoned dress/coat. Removable shoulder pads drift between 40s masculinity and 80s Montana,  elevating each look. Pinstripe blazers with matching skirts exaggerate the corporate dress-code, looking fairly appealing. However, that’s again an unsung nod to Gvasalia’s work, and specifically his debut collection at Balenciaga, where he did bureaucrat dressing. In the newest collection, Rodolfo plays with pleats, creating voluminous, distorted in proportions dresses and fancy sweatshirts. They are surely fun to wear. Also, the colour palette is well-considered: from pastel blue to carrot-orange, Paglialunga will surely score high points next summer.

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Simple, Simple. Jil Sander SS16

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Rodolfo Paglialunga and Jil Sander is still an unclear match for me. Jil Sander’s strict minimalism is missed since the debutant collection, while the designer’s signature is not entirely visible. Spring-summer 2016 was light and soft – the statement hats stole Instagram’s spotlight for few minutes after the show. But the collection was absolutely not amusing. It did not last in my mind for long. Beige coats, white pajama looks, black blazers and midi-skirts – really, no excitement at all.

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Maculine / Feminine. Jil Sander AW15

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Rodolfo Paglialunga starts to feel right at Jil Sander. This Italian guy mixes the Jil’s signatures in interesting, his-own way. The AW15 collection was a fuse of both masculine and feminine features. Well tailored vest were styled with elegant dresses while artsy fur coats had cute baby-pink turtlenecks under. During the show, we could spot some post-modernistic prints, too – the shirt worn by Maja Salamon or neon piece on Mica Arganaraz. Not only the clothes felt sleek, but the textiles used seemed to be fresh – pony-hair covered pencil skirt, for example, is my favourite.  Successively, Paglialunga is finding his feet in the minimal world of German precision.

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