Swan songs are always sad in fashion, but they’re especially sad when a designer has done work for a brand as wonderful as Raf Simons’ work for Jil Sander. News broke on Friday that Jil Sander Fall 2012 would be Simons’ last outing with the brand, which founder and namesake Jil Sander would take over starting immediately. The widely held speculation of the moment is that Raf is headed to Dior, but he was also rumored to be headed to YSL before ex-Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane was announced for that spot, shortly after Sander’s return to Jil Sander was announced. It’s been a week of very fashionable Musical Chairs, and it’s not over yet.
With that in mind, here is Simons’ last collection of shoes for Jil Sander. They’re very good, in a very Simons/Sander way – classic shapes with futuristic, utterly modern flourishes. Pumps with color-changing metallic accents. Slingbacks with neon piping. And yet, even with so many elements combined on each shoe, the look is still effortless. Here’s hoping that Raf Simons is announced at Dior very, very soon, as much for Dior’s sake as Simons’. I’d love to see his modern take on the New Look.