New York Fashion Week: Phillip Lim
Phillip Lim is a designer favourite of mine, someone I always look to for simple chic, classic shapes and reliably casual, easy to wear pieces. Though I was surprised, when I first spotted the above pic, at the mix-and-match feel of the show, a closer look revealed a lot of thought had gone into the way the range worked together, even if there were a lot of clashing looks on offer...
Acid green, navy and baby blue, white, grey, lemon and tomato were the key colours; a strange mix that were styled together in an interestingly haphazard way. The above looks show some of the more subtle mixes, though putting navy shoes with a beige coat and a bright dress shows a bit of much-needed quirkiness.
Moving on, things got more interesting with the addition of a bit of metallic in the pencil skirt and gunmetal twinset, a full-length casual maxi and a cobweb print slouchy dress. I love the lazy feel of the middle look. It's a style that should be formal, but a bit of clever accessorising has helped to turn evening into day wear.
Finally, some slouchy-sporty offerings. The wide tie, the tiered skirt and the return of the cropped top; not looks I would go for but they look great on the catwalk. The addition of an almost tribal necklace to the blue dress is a strange choice, especially with the gladiator shoes, but in a collection that works from its juxtaposed feel, I'm all for it!
With this collection, Lim seems to be encouraging people to throw together things they wouldn't normally match, and I like that. If this look takes off it'll come very much in handy next time I'm living out of a suitcase...