Dear Filep and iDEALS,
a colleague today said: «it seems that journalists make more rumors than the news itself», referring to Anna Wintour who reproached an Italian reporter.
This morning, at Jil Sander’s show, Mme Wintour was a woman, a guest like everybody else, moved by Simons’ final show for the House, like the rest of us did. She stands applauding and on her way out, the parterre asks for an “ultimo”, a second designer’s exit. Anna stops and waits.
The show was amazing. Enormous flower balls from The Netherlands on the runway, placed into plastic cubes to celebrate him. Simons did a round up of his Jil Sander’ best pieces over the seasons he was designing along with "La Couture". A magistral example of what he could do chez Dior.
Flowers appeared on Genny catwalk too. Gabriele Colangelo, the creative director, designed a collection ispired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s Narcissa, the last orchid.
Alessandra Facchinetti of Uniqueness showed a 2.0 of romantic women. Etherealin a 20’s allure and blooming, like a cyber-flower on a tunnel of mirrors. A projection instead of a show.
No more flowers, nor fragility. The accessories collection indeed blooms entirely within a bunch of archetypal forms: mannish lace-up, décolletés, tango shoes and ballerinas. The lighting of the catwalk was a pale violet/turquoise like flora. The gentle way of being a woman, exactly the same as Simons’ approach.
This is probably the reason why Ter et Bantine along with Jil Sander are considered as the most international brands of the Milanese fashion week.
It feels as if these shows are presented in Paris instead of Milan. The Sander's soundtrack, Smashing Pumpkins hit "Tonight", is still in my head.
We believe in you for sure, Mr. Simons. In bocca al lupo.