For Fall 2009, Raf Simons of Jil Sander challenged office workers to punch up their workwear. This collection featured pointy citrus-colored footwear to punctuate the elegant neutral-colored clothing.
Raf Simons explained his choice of citrus for footwear by saying that he was inspired by mid-century French ceramicist Pol Chambost.
Implications - With the advancement of Internet-based businesses and telecommuting, workplace dress codes have relaxed slightly. While many offices still require employees to wear dress shirts, slacks or skirts and jackets, fashion designers are pushing the limits of workwear by infusing pops of color into shoes and accessories. These punches of pigment let working professionals exhibit a modicum of self-expression and personal style.