MY JIL SANDER BLUE BAG

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Clara G

Blue is much more than just another color for me. In my mind, blue is lapis lazuli and the ancient Egypt with Queen Nefertiti wearing her tall blue crown. Her bust is made of limestone but seems to breath when she is looking at me through 3.300 years and the protection screen, with her damaged left eye. The beauty that came from the mountains, my first icon, is here in Berlin, close to me.

Blue is also the Babylonian Ishtar Gate. It is forbidden to touch its blue glazed bricks. I wish I could not only touch the Gate but get through it and go back in time (2.580 years) and space (from Berlin, where the Gate is right now to the south of Baghdad where Babylon was built), appearing in the Processional Way, the Gate on my back, the Tour of Babel in my front, walking through the streets, would I feel as lost in translation as the Bible says or maybe is there were I really belong… to that place now destroyed after the last Iraq war.

Blue is also Yves Klein, the first contemporary artist to touch my soul and change my perception with his ultramarine monochrome paintings. Blue is the small crown that his wife Rotraut wore in her head when they got married in 1962. The beautiful Rotraut is German, of course.

And blue and German is my new bag from the most German of the designers, Jil Sander. It’s so essential and minimal, nearly unknown, although the label she created is global. I am glad that this time she has stayed as creative director enough time to create this bag before leaving again, for the third time, in a very smooth way as she always does.

Maybe I unconsciously moved here to Germany to be closer to this marvellous colour, the blue.