NYFW S/S '10 show report: 3.1 Phillip Lim

17 September 2009

I know you all love Phillip Lim. And I do too. It’s just that sometimes the runway shows can just look like a lot of clothes. It has never particularly held together as a collection – until today. This one had a really strong point of view and was also full of sure fire winners on the shop floor.

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It kicked off with a series of red tailored suits (another big NY 2010 summer colour) softened up with rolled-down waistbands on the skirts and trousers. Then we moved into the nudes: a spectrum of flesh tones from camel to cream worked in collarless jackets and leathers.

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But my favourite by far was the closing section with a series of sequinned shell tops over combat trousers or dresses with accordion pleated skirts that kicked out to reveal sequinned panels. The finale was a series of gorgeous drop-waisted dresses decorated with pleated organza wave and swirls. It was strong, fabulously feminine and irresistibly pretty.

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Just what was needed to divert the photographers attention away from NYC’s emerging new stylish crew Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester and Alexa Chung, who sent them into a frenzy when taking their front row seats. No doubt their shopping lists were long…

- Paula Reed in New York

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