Thursday, February 17, 2011

New York Fashion Week - 3.1 Philip Lim

3.1 Philip Lim

If my sisters knew that the 3.1 Philip Lim offering this time around was better than his past collections in theory alone, they would have eagerly checked out his NY collection already. (Isn't that right Mand?)

Philip Lim is a modern designer for modern women, the facts are simple, he designs what women want - practical, wearable, day to night clothes that scream luxury and make her fall in love at first sight. Fabric aside, his aesthetic is so pleasing on the eye that I could have watched the same show over and over.

His theme this time around, he said was "Girls on Bikes". Low and behold - that's exactly what we got . An urban reformation of cropped pants and utilitarian jackets, in leather and heavy cotton fabrics. It had the kind of loose edgy feel that could become glamorous with a simple flick of the hair or an intense stare.

A royal blue jumpsuit that wouldn't look out of place on a peddler along the banks of an Amsterdam canal was not only functional but became durable too when Lim decided it should have tan leather sleeves. The shape and cut is both modern and effortless, the colour-blocked panels complimenting the female form wherever possible. Pleats that unfold in motion gave nod to Iseey Miyakes' "Pleats Please" collection. There was texture in abundance in the form of fur waistbands. Too much for you? Yes, me too.

All in all - a great outing for one of my favourite designers of recent years.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang xx

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