goodbyes are never easy. who could ever forget sain laurent's last kiss to the world with his spectacular couture retrospective, hedi slimane's final collection for dior homme, or tom ford's last hurrah at gucci. but who would've thought that raf simons' final collection for jil sander could provoke the same sort of heart wrenching reaction by ending with one of the most beautiful and poetic collection we've seen in a very long time. this coming from a designer who made a name for himself channeling the brooding angst of youth made this collection even the more poignant. or the fact that he really wasn't given that much expectation when he became creative director for the house seven years ago.
i'm not gonna lie, tears were shed when i saw the video of everyone giving him a standing ovation which kept on going until he re-appeared for an encore, visibly overcome with gratitude and emotion. anna dela russon said it best, it showed the humanity in fashion. his work is never about pretentious intent. there are some, like simons, who's passion for their craft goes beyond the idea of mere dressing and decoration. there's a soul behind his work, and that's where the humanity comes from.