NYFW: Phillip Lim’s modern wanderers

Phillip Lim

As New York Fashion Week continues, our Catwalks team are busy reviewing key shows- bringing expert analysis to WGSN subscribers via Catwalk Analysis. We’re previewing some of our favourites so far for you here, on WGSN Insider.

Catwalks Director Lizzy Bowring offers up her initial thoughts on last night’s Phillip Lim show.


New York:

A bohemian sensibility grounded in a subversive street aesthetic ran through Phillip Lim’s A/W 18/19 collection, and nodded to the increasing love of collectables inspired by traditional folklore and different cultures.


Backstage, Lim was quoted as saying he “wanted to celebrate difference and what the beauty of different things bring to us”, not to mention the influence that his mother brought “with her making clothes from scraps…and turning them into the most treasured things”.

This presentation was indeed filled with lovely pieces; eclectic patchworks, a poetic mix of prints – either floral or stripes, ponyskin, quilting and scarf prints.

Knitwear was pieced into long skirts and flowing peasant dresses while materials were crinkled and coloured in dusty shades that evoked a lived in and loved quality.

This blend of global references combined with Lim’s signature tailoring felt a little more free-spirited than the past, blending a true handcrafted edge that will provide a covetable one-off appeal. – Lizzy Bowring



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