3.1 Phillip Lim Spring Summer 2013: From '70s Punk To '90s Grunge

11 September 2012 by

Phillip Lim cited the Dada-ist art movement of the 1920s as a jumping off point for his creative process this season; but he also mentioned how the Dada-ists had influenced the rock musicians of the '70's and '90s in their use of techniques that 'manipulated and reassembled' sounds and lyrics.

Whilst designers referencing obscure early 20th Century art movements as influences may be a wee too esoteric, the latter statement did make a lot of sense as his multi-media-mash-up which referenced both '70s Punk and '90s Grunge, hit the runway.

And although Lim appeared to be quite literally referencing past sub-cultures throughout the collection, there was plenty of 21st Century polish to each and every look that will most certainly create covetable pieces for the chic, contemporary rock chick.

So Mr. Lim's initial starting point may have been Dada-ism, but his crafty re-inventions of latter day classics turned out to be much less 'Arty' and far more 'Party'.

Slouchy pants came with their own built-in 'shirt tied at the waist' motif, whilst biker jackets came in a myriad fabrications that made leather just seem so last decade, let alone last century. Even Frankies 'RELAX' T-shirts made an appearance in a contemporary new incarnation. And just in time for the anniversary of September 11th, the iconic 'I heart NY' Tee was given a multicultural spin that made us yearn for the past whilst keeping our minds (and hearts for that matter) laser focused on the future.

Without a doubt, one of the best collections of the week.

By Andrew Holden


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