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August 2 2014

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Where To Find Jil Sander Navy (And Not Where You Might Think)

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When the Jil Sander Navy pre-spring collection arrives in December, don’t go looking for it, say, on Barneys’ Co-op floor—even though prices start at less than $200. According to Laura Vazquez, executive vice president, the brand hopes that department stores will display Navy alongside the more expensive Jil Sander line, perhaps even mixing it in with pieces straight off of Raf Simons’ Milan runway.

That’s not so hard to imagine. Like the main collection, there’s a strong architectural undercurrent to Navy. Silk handkerchief dresses boast linear prints; deceptively simple tanks are constructed with hidden bandeau backs to create interesting volumes; and trenches are color-blocked for graphic impact. Signature Sander-isms like crisp cotton shirtdresses abound, as well. The collection is 200 pieces strong, and along with the bold yet minimal clothes, you’ll find practical totes in the same nylon used for the outerwear, metallic silver gladiator sandals, and two-tone canvas oxfords. Our favorite item: the $400 bi-stretch cropped and tapered twill pants (pictured above). As Vazquez put it, “It’s not a pant, it’s not a legging, it’s just perfect.” Agreed.

Photos: Willy Vanderperre

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