My mother always used to tell me that when I leave a place I should leave on a high note. Looks like Raf Simons had a mother that was handing out similar advice from the get-go. His final, and my now favourite, collection for Jil Sander was so spectacular that I had to flip through the pictures dozens of times to fully comprehend the beauty that we were presented with on the catwalk.
These dresses brought romance and ladylike styling to a new level of perfection. It was as if each model had a special glow as she made her way down the runway through a maze of flowers. One felt as if Raf was sending his heart itself down the catwalk for autumn winter 2012. And of course the tears at the end didn’t help things. I’m not talking just about Raf Simons’ tears, I’m talking about the entire audience welling up and applauding a man who has transformed Jil Sander in recent years and is now moving onwards and upwards (although talk of a move to Dior has been flatlined).
So where will he go? What will he do? We have no answers now but I wouldn’t rule out a Raf Simons womenswear label. He surely deserves such an honour and would have every clothes horse in town supporting him along the way.