NYFW SS19: 3.1 Phillip Lim

PHILLIP Lim has taken a nomadic journey. Yesterday, for the unveiling of his 3.1 SS19 collection in New York, the designer opted to stage his show on the rooftop of the New Design High School. Much like the sky-high setting, the collection was a journey of escapism, with a wardrobe catering to both the both eclectic and sensual kinds. All in all: the modern woman.

The show began with a total white look, aptly accessorised with bucket hats considering the rain that was falling onto the runway. But Lim was determined to set a desert tone. Textures of the travelling Berber communities surfaced, fashioned through marled tweed, boucle patchwork and heavy shearling. The implication – Lim’s homage to a free spirit – specifically a mid-century subculture who escaped to a utopian desert. Was this Manhattan or Morocco? It was difficult to decide.

Then came Lim’s galactic outburst. Silver sparked in a series of looks finished in metallic materials and chainmail, bringing with it a bright injection of 1960s retro futurism. It punctuated a collection catered strongly to the expressive woman, contemporary and charming alike. That point also flourished through jewellery – finishing looks off with an allure of wanderlust. Lim is evidently challenging certain slogans associated with fashion. Orange is the new black? No – orange is the blend to black. Styled beneath mini crop tops finished with sculptural silver buttons, the simple but saturated look was elevated to a total blend between masculinity and femininity.

Closing the collection were cerise printed dresses, affirming Lim’s awareness of youth. Evidently – it was a collection catered to all women – graphic, futuristic and feminine. A confident approach to dressing was clear. The one thing that all looks had in common? Eccentricity – an sartorial approach that Lim reminded viewers to take for all seasons. Cheers to 3.1!

by Faye Fearon

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