Raf Simons edged well away from the vast Crayola colour box we were familiar with last season. Illuminated oranges and intense violets were rinsed under a hot tap and the palette wiped clean to leave behind, a colourless mix of harsh leathers and high-waisted shorts in lightweight wools boasting only patent blacks and deep neutral navy.

Crochet sweaters were a highlight during the Jil Sander SS12 show. Paired with long patent leather jackets and conservative low-rise lace up shoes the neutral dark colours were given a ‘wet look’ with models sporting too much hair product with sinking cheek bones and pale skin.

High waisted shorts came in light cottons in both black and light greys as Raf Simons executed a trend, originally for women, and turned it unisex with the introduction of the short suit.

More extrovert colours came in the forms of snake skin beige and emerald blues disguised as iPad holders and glasses cases. Simon, demonstrating to all, that he is embracing the role fashion plays with the introduction, and co-operation, of social media and networking.

Images copyright to Vogue (Condé Nast)

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