3.1 Phillip Lim

Paris:  For S/S 13 inspiration, Phillip Lim looked to the practice of Mixed Martial Arts, a sparring technique combining elements of Japanese karate with Brazilian street fighting. The result was a collection achieving restrained simplicity and tough swagger all at once. The clothes took influence from authentic practice garments; crisp white cotton jackets and pants resembled karate uniforms, while baggy track pants and boxing shorts had an urban edge. The slouchy looks were elevated with a luxury take on classic activewear materials — fine mesh knits, perforated leathers, and bonded jerseys. Punctuating the Zen-like effect a white-heavy palette and clean layers, was a bit of flamboyance in the form of baroque floral prints and filigree embroidery. Leather shower sandals worn with socks (this season’s breakthrough trend) gave things a post-match feel. —Anna Jane Davis

Silhouette: Boxy + Slouchy

Color:  Optic White / Cream / Moss Green / Gold / Chambray / Navy

Key Items:  Elbow-length tee / Wide-leg shorts / Printed pants / Jersey parka

Materials: Crisp cotton / Twill / Canvas / Bonded jersey / Knits — textured + mesh / Denim / Leather — perforated or sturdy

Print + Pattern: Text graphics / Horizontal stripes / Tie-dye / Windowpane checks / Baroque wallpaper florals

Detail + Trim: Embroidery / Quilting / Contrast piecing + trim/ Wrapped effects / Drawstrings / Zip-off panels

Accessories + Footwear: Satin sashes / Socks with shower sandals / Smooth leather slip-ons / Messenger bags + totes / Chunky plastic eyewear


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