18 February 2010

NYFW A/W '10 report: Philip Lim

Our third stop perfectly completed Wednesday morning’s fashion tour of New York City. It started with Michael Kors' fashion glossy posse (think Aerin Lauder and Melania Trump), swept us through the discreet uptown enclaves of Oscar De La Renta’s ladies (think Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker) and finished with a funky downtown flourish at Philip Lim.

He described his muse for this season as ‘a confident enigma with nothing left to prove’. So, goodbye to silly shoes and winter dresses that show too much flesh and ridiculous hemlines and nonsensical shoulders. Call me a Nana but Wednesday was full of brilliantly boring clothes: the kind that will never have the last laugh in a fashion crisis or let you down when you feel lousy. They are just what we need right now.
And if a down town twist on the classics is what you are after, then look to Mr Lim. Alexa Chung sat FROW long after the show was finished, still pouring over the running order. My suggestions are the gorgeous lambskin aviator jacket over high-waisted flared trousers, or the amber taffeta parka over denim shorts. Or how about the cashmere track pants with huge poncho tunic for a new take on cosy sweats? Or for frigid days like now, the wedge coat: an ingenious version of the mod parka made from wedge shaped panels of leather and sheepskin.

For evening, the Lim ladies trade their sporty glamour for something way more glittery, like the chunky sequined shorts and tunics topped with billowy black chiffon tunic.

Who was it said classics were boring anyway?

- Paula Reed in New York


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