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3.1 Phillip Lim

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WEARABLE INNOVATION

Phillip Lim advocated elegant comfort with easy separates and embellished party dresses for his 3.1 Phillip Lim collection this season. The first look down his red prism runway was a matching lipstick red suit with its jacket tucked into the loose drawstring pants, representing a new styling trend seen in other New York collections. The pants’ folded-over waistband, shown in shorts as well, set the casual mood, echoed in cropped button-up shirts, baggy walking shorts and a boxy trench lopped off at the waist. Many of Lim’s pieces were slashed down the back and reassembled with fabric ties, echoing the open backs at Marc Jacobs and last spring’s sweaters at Prada. Evening looks featured a croc motif created with sequins on chiffon, and knife-pleated skirts in creamy neutrals with contrasting panels. Accordion-pleated fabric in a palette of black, white, beige, lavender and chartreuse was sculpted into swirling shapes atop tiered dresses with lace bodices. With each collection, it seems Lim has true talent for creating looks that are forward-thinking yet wearable.

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