Ok I admit it.. normally I can't quite grasp the futuristic Balenciaga aesthetic. However in this collection, the clothes are so wearable and so beautifully tailored, I'm pretty sure I have it now.
The collection is reminiscent of the '40s, but expertly modernized as only Raf Simons can do. Gingham and paisley were updated in bright fluros, cuts were precise and ladylike with many a tea-length skirt, both pencil and circle. My favorite look (and quite possibly of all spring 2012 collections thus far) was a 3/4 sleeve intarsia sweater of a bold Picasso print worn over a voluminous ankle length skirt. The finale looks were simple, tailored-to-perfection bridal gowns I would gladly sport on my wedding day. I'm glad that the rumors of Raf exiting Jil to take the reigns at YSL were untrue; what would the house do without his genius?