New York: For Spring 2011 Philip Lim took inspiration from the humble kite. The reference was evident in the airy, light-as-a-feather separates that defined the show. Pants were cut loose, tops and jackets oversized. Although Lim did not show much in the way of knits, those he did present were great. His fine-gauge, cut-out sweaters were ideal for layering over tube skirts. The color palette incorporated black, white, and khaki with sorbet shades of mint, pistachio, and strawberry. Despite the ease of the collection, there was an underlying sharpness that brought to mind the urban styling of mid-nineties Helmut Lang. It was there in the bi-layered black pants and sheer tops that covered floating strips of ribbon. The look that garnered the most approving nods was a short spaghetti-strap dress splashed with a blurred inky print. Effortlessly sexy, it was exactly what women want to wear on a humid summer day. – Shine Anthony-Dharan

Silhouette: Relaxed / Tailored

Color: Lilac / Putty / White / Lemon / Sky / Navy

Key Items: Boxy jackets / Baggy shorts / Cut-out knit sweaters / Double layer pants

Materials: Silk / Silk / Cotton / Linen / Denim / Leather

Prints + Patterns: Stripes / Ink splatter prints

Details + Trim: Ribbon / Exposed zips / Transparency

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