“For us, showing in Florence is both an honour and a completion,” said Lucie and Luke Meier, the co-creative directors of Jil Sander, prior to their AW20 show. “We first met in Florence, and never imagined that we would be back here together showing at Pitti Uomo.”
Whether it’s something in the air, the water, or the penne strascicate, the city of Florence totally and utterly agrees with the Meiers. TheirAW20 showing was a masterclass on luxe, loose, minimalist tailoring – the kind of pieces that make us (oh so gently) yearn for a colder climate.
Since taking the reins at Jil Sander in spring 2017, the pair have introduced a design language that feels loving and restrained, beautiful and precise. As guest designers for Pitti Immagine Uomo 97, they brought each of those sartorial moments and wrapped it in a Björk soundtrack that felt as cosy as the outerwear on show.
What drew your eye the most in this show was a supreme sense of versatility. This ran through a palette of sage and navy, beige and charcoal. There were staples like biker jackets and clunky leather lace-ups, and newly-found winter heroes like suit trousers with an oversized turn-up, and ankle-grazing knitwear.
Our advice: scan through the runway images that follow, laser-in on the piece that embodies your brand of cosy, then book a ticket to a climate that’s worthy of it.