Jil Sander's strength has always been her self-assured simplicity of design. This season she experimented with a lighter, more feminine silhouette that included floral patterns and western shirts. Skirts had gathered waistbands; some dresses featured sash-like pleats on the front. Sander's softer side came through in the lacy chiffons and cottons she used, and in her precise use of color. The runway evoked a procession of sculptural cascades in black and white, with sporadic flashes of brown, beige, rose and yellow.