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With new designers turning up year after year, one of my all time favorites, Phillip Lim still continues to produce fresh and innovative fashion. The 3.1 Phillip Lim NYFW Fall 17 Collection was no exception. He told WWD, “I worked on the idea of new romantics, color, curiosity and courage, and making clothes that women want.” He certainly got that last part right because his pieces are practical, collectable and very wearable. For example, in this collection he showed an unbelievably perfect leather bomber jacket, easy to wear asymmetric skirts and paperbag waist pants. His cuts were oversized but not overwhelming or trendy. Which is not to say his pieces are not unusual or unique.
Lim played with softness and strength. Fluid fabrics softened his angular architectural shapes and conservative ruffles and gathers were perfectly in place. More combinations of pretty and tough were in his accessories, such as a tiny ribbon tied into a bow on a sturdy chain belt and silk bows ties on slick patent leather shoes with primary color racing stripes. These details were masterful and never overdone.
His bold use of color cannot be beat. Even if you may not have the courage he wants you to have to pull off a head to toe electric blue suit, you have to admit the color makes you smile and will bring you great joy. After all isn’t that what fashion is all about?
Colors: Pink, orchid, magenta, black, white, electric blue, orange, tan, charcoal grey
Fabrics: Wool, twill, knits, leather, poplin, nylon, silks, quilted down, lace, oversize stripes, fishnet
Shapes: Oversize Coats, large fishnet, leather bustiers, high paper bag waist pants, wide leg pants , peg leg pants, matching suits, monochrome ensembles, small cold shoulder looks, gathered sleeves, ruffles, tiers, asymmetry, cropped jackets, leather, top-stitched details, puffer jackets, color blocking, stripes, unfinished edges, shirring, zippers
Details: Chain belts, modern stone jewelry, bright colored stretch booties with metallic heels, racing stripe booties and shoes, black patent shoes with bows, small handbags
Key Looks: Pink wool midi reefer coat with chain and ribbon belt | Blue and black graphic colorblock midi belted bomber coat with zipper | Orange Leather bomber jacket with black asymmetric skirt | Electric blue strong shoulder suit jacket paperbag waist pegged pants and lace top
Photos: NY Mag