NYFW A/W ‘11 Report: Phillip Lim 3.1

17 February 2011

I wonder how many fashion shows Salman Rushdie has been to. I'm going to assume not many, so interesting that he was at Phillip Lim's show in NY yesterday. But then it was all a bit of an intellectual show. Although who knows how much Salman appreciates clever layering and sophisticated colour play?
Phillip Lim's collection looked like a lesson in experimental fashion gone right - mostly. Combining leather, silk, tweed, shearling and plastic, sometimes in one outfit, Lim took us to extremes, but then also showed a very refined touch with simple tunic dresses detailed only with subtle leather piping. Inverted pleated leather slouch trousers, dramatic pussybow coats, tailored jumpsuits and fierce looking beaded sleeves proved that he is one of the most inventive designers in New York, but it was his sensitive colour combinations that drew attention. A mauve, emerald green and taupe palette shouldn't have worked together, but looked totally modern. That's the thing about this designer, where some of his looks were almost too complicated, it's his grasp of what the modern woman wants to wear - or dream of wearing - that he totally understands.

- Kay Barron in New York


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