#TBT Jil Sander Spring 2011

I remember thinking, “This looks like something a clown would wear,” as I held up a gigantic orange skirt that was longer than my entire body. It had a froof sprouting from the top. The froof, I would soon learn, was called a peplum and shortly after my vocabulary lesson, the skirt and its accompanying collection would become one of my favorites.

It’s funny how you can hate something at first, or not understand it, or find it weird, and then just by virtue of being around it, learning about it, and strangely enough — thinking about it — you can suddenly fall completely in love. But that’s what happens when Raf Simons designed for Jil Sander.

I was interning at a magazine when the Spring 2011 collection launched and the editors would not stop calling his pieces in: the enormous navy and white striped tent of a dress, the floral air-ballooned gown. The t-shirts — those simple, could-have-been-Hanes t-shirts practically started wars when there weren’t enough samples to go around with their partnered floor-length neon skirts. One what-I-thought-was-a-skirt was actually a pair of gigantic green trousers. Do you believe me when I say I didn’t know they made pants like that? 

The collection was like nothing I’d ever seen, and I haven’t forgotten or stopped being inspired by it since. In fact, I’m not sure another show has had this same heart-thumping-then-stopping impact on me since. It’s what they say: you never forget your first.

What was yours?

Images courtesy of Vogue.com

  • Jenna Calderone

    A tie between Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 RTW and his S/S 2001 collection

  • Jenna Calderone

    A tie between Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 and Spring 2001 RTW collections

  • Miranda Pollitt

    This collection is gorgeous! I love how she pairs white with such bright and bold colors in this collection. Jil Sander is one of my favorite designers. My favorite way to look at her collections is on purelyapp.com or on Purely’s iPhone app! You can view Jil Sander and many other designers and collections through the app. Also, you can create a lookbook with all of your favorite runway looks.

  • I’m forever a fan of Prada S/S ’12 and Louis Vuitton S/S ’13. I will scour eBay for those flame heels forever!

  • Victoria

    I actually loved this particular collection as well, and I was lucky enough to snag the floral collage print blouse in it 🙂

  • lavieenliz
  • monkeyshines
  • I can call dozen of shows which at the beginning seemed super weird but then I felt in love with!!!



  • This collection is so cool! Sporty and elegant in the same time. Love the bright colors and I think this would still work as fashionable at the moment. Very interesting! 🙂


  • CarlotaLMorais

    Colooouuuur everywhere!

  • I found this collection very inspiring. love the lines and bold colors. =)


  • Dominique
  • Oh yes this collection! I loved it right from the start! It was like a fashion earthquake and every brand copied Raf like crazy. I remember men hating the skirts haha


  • Jessica Arzetti

    I really appreciated how you mentioned how we might not understand a trend or piece of clothing and not like it at first. I am guilty of this! After being exposed to something repeatedly, I end up loving it! Before I make up my mind about a trend, I will definitely aim to understand it or appreciate it more!



  • THIS is mine too! utter perfection… and that pink lipstick, any ideas to which brand/shade it is??? so perfect and matte

    • Amelia Diamond

      no BUT i’m going to go on a hunt and get back to you

  • TheRanta

    Wow. It’s kind of spectacularly mesmerizing.

  • Leslie Hitchcock

    I still have pictures up on my mood board from this collection. You nailed it.

  • Francis

    Alexander McQueen Spring 2010 for sure, I tuned into it because Lady GaGa was premiering Bad Romance at it, and fell in love with fashion from then on….

  • I think Raf for Jill Sander was sooooo much stronger than Raf for Dior… there I said it. Don’t like what happening at Dior.

  • i can’t believe this was out in 2011. kill me.

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  • MiHorn

    Love the colors — still not in love with the peplum.

  • It was a hit then, it’s still smashing now. Still obsessed.

    Lau, the Broke Curator.

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