NYFW S/S ‘12 Report: Phillip Lim

15 September 2011


Outfits in La Dureee colours opened the Phillip Lim show. Shades of rose and violet and vanilla, layered over lemon and pistachio suggest a summer full of sunshine in a wardrobe that is unapologetically modern.  Phillip Lim is making a confident stab at a very feminine kind of dressing for a tough urban environment which means loose tailored trousers drawn close to the leg with zips along the side seams; fluid gilet jackets over soft vest tops; sleeveless kimono coats in neoprene and subtle colour combinations of pastels or pale greys, creams and black.

The look was androgynous variations on a theme that was created around trousers and shorts, apart from the unexpected appearance of a dress in soft focus print that was somewhere between a flower and a rorshach ink blot.

It’s very simple, very easy, very New York. And I for one was hugely relieved to find not one reference to a past decade or a distant country.

- Paula Reed in New York


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