From 3.1 Phillip Lim

September 11, 2012

Consider this a love song

“That guy has a lot of ideas,” Linda Fargo told me about Phillip Lim as we drove off  yesterday after the unveiling of his S/S 2013 collection at 309 West 33rd Street. The signs of a good show always rear toward its ending, during a moment when you can’t help think, That’s it already? Give me more.

It’s a lovely thing to maintain an innate ability to reinvent oneself season after season while concurrently conserving familiarity among consumers; before you can even find yourself blinded by the label  in the Phillip Lim division of your local specialty boutique, you know. And you’re ready. While I don’t mean to play favorites, this was indubitably my favorite collection of New York Fashion Week thus far which in effect means, I am playing favorites.

And though I know, it seems the highly personal opinion of a blogger, any blogger–because so tailored to the subjective opinion of the blogger in question, tends to weigh lightly on a collection at large, this isn’t some sort of subliminal, “my opinion is better than yours,” summoning.

Never mind the Andy Warhol branded Nars products that were graciously distributed at show time. This isn’t about that. Not even the kooky I Love Nueva York graphic tees that had “wear me with pants that include a makeshift waist tie every single day,” written across them (though they did, and said pants were featured in the collection at large.) In fact it didn’t even have much to do with the bright pink suede overalls and corresponding bomber jacket that quite vividly reminded onlookers of the power Barbie once held–and subsequently that a color so girly, so bright, so…Lisa Frank can command the power to sit in with the cool crowd.

No, the amicability of the collection was precisely because, as Linda Fargo put it, Phillip Lim is a man with many ideas. One season’s makeshift scarf sweater mufflers in a color palette abiding exclusively by a code of grey, black and white could be the following season’s lime green pants and frayed embellished jacket. And what’s more, these ideas are always precisely in tune with the vibe of fashion week at large–essentially just cut up, reconfigured and ultimately tailored to suit his eye exclusively.

His interpretation of spring layering came in the form of sheer paneling–another extensive trend this fashion week–over and under bits of cotton and elaborate appliques. Bare midriffs were exploited in unconventional spring fabrics and his use of the color (or lack thereof,) du season: white, was met with jaunty plaids and tropical/garden hybrid florals.

The resounding noise of wearability found itself circulating through this collection too but not in the same way it has previously this week. No, this is more a tale of “wear with caution: cool girls only.”

  • Lisa Simone Daniels

    pink overalls over all!!

  • http://twitter.com/scarlipop Scarly Crae Jetson

    Those pink suede overalls! DEAD.

  • Me Gusta o No Me Gusta

    OMG the pink jumper its lovely!

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  • Liz

    love all these looks! Mr. Lim you have outdone yourself!

    http://lavieenliz.com

  • Me Gusta o No Me Gusta

    OMG the pink jumper its lovely!

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  • http://savemywardrobe.wordpress.com/ Marle

    I loooove these first two looks!

  • ClosetCravings

    Really lovin’ the first two looks, but drool over all of it. =)
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  • zesiku

    INTERESTING HOW THE TRANSPARENCY CAME CRAWLING INTO FASHION AND BOOMED ALL OF A SUDDEN. WONDER HOW MANY OTHER DESIGNERS GOT INSPIRED AND HOW MANY OF US WILL CONSIDER WEARING ALL THOSE SHEER LEGO LIKE PIEICES:) I WOULD IF I COULD

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  • Styleclouds

    Oh my, I love the pink jumper!!! What an amazing collection! xo, Christina

    http://www.styleclouds.de

  • EmerJa

    Amazing prints!! :)

    http://www.emerjadesign.com

  • Liliana

    I love it! Especially the pink leather jacket

    http://www.sweetandtenderfashionista.blogspot.com

  • Deanna

    I love love love Philip Lim, but i’ve always liked him for the interesting structural or architectural elements of his designs. Interesting to see… not much of that here!

  • monkeyshines

    amazing ensembles!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erin-Thomas/39001019 Erin Thomas

    that jumpsuit at top left. I AM DYING. and the sheer socks and heels. i think we have ourselves an ultimate spring look here.

    http://zero-style.blogspot.com

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  • http://twitter.com/selenaaponte Selena Delgado

    no wonder it was your favorite, you must have been his muse for this collection

  • http://twitter.com/ServeThisRoyalT Robin Nicole

    “wear with caution: cool girls only.” YES!

  • http://twitter.com/far_and_wild Far and Wild Jewelry

    loved this collection, it was practically perfect! he and alexander wang are definitely taking top honors from me this week. i loved how every single piece told a unique story, all with undertones of 90s glam and grunge, but they could definitely all hang out together on girls you would definitely want to hang out with.

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.blogspot.com

  • ASparklyHanger

    I’m taken aback with how new and different this looks comoared to what I’ve previously seen from him.Trully, he must have many ideas!
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  • ASparklyHanger

    I’m taken aback with how new and different this looks comoared to what I’ve previously seen from him.Trully, he must have many ideas!
    Check out my new blog:http://www.asparklyhanger.blogspot.ro/

  • ASparklyHanger

    I’m taken aback with how new and different this looks comoared to what I’ve previously seen from him.Trully, he must have many ideas!
    Check out my new blog:http://www.asparklyhanger.blogspot.ro/

  • ASparklyHanger

    I’m taken aback with how new and different this looks comoared to what I’ve previously seen from him.Trully, he must have many ideas!
    Check out my new blog:http://www.asparklyhanger.blogspot.ro/

  • ASparklyHanger

    I’m taken aback with how new and different this looks comoared to what I’ve previously seen from him.Trully, he must have many ideas!
    Check out my new blog:http://www.asparklyhanger.blogspot.ro/

  • Eva Kraaijeveld

    Totally in love with the collection by Philip Lim. the shapes, (mixed) prints, awesome!

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  • Wendy

    When it comes to Phillip Lim, one is never blinded by the label but rather blinded by the aesthetic of his design. In other words this is chic shit. As always amazing post Leandra!

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  • emily.lindesil

    hold up, THOSE PLAID PANTS ARE SHEER!!! They are out of this world, I love them!

  • Maria Onorio

    I LOVE PHILLIP LIM!!!

  • twoparter

    I love the collection! amazing!

    Crystal
    http://www.zweiteiler.blogspot.com

  • A Couples Gallery

    Phillip Lim is adorable. Even though he didn’t take part in Vogue Fashion’s Night Out in Berlin: watch our impressions: http://www.acouplesgallery.blogspot.com

  • Leslie

    i felt exactly, absolutely the same way. fucking incredible. his looks are rotating on my desktop background.

  • Melanie

    nice!I love philip lim too!
    By the way I just saw you in one of Garance Dore’s video!

  • thefashionultimatum

    <3 Perfect. I think its Philip Lim's best collection ever.

    thefashionultimatum.blogspot.com

  • Geri Hirsch

    100000000%

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  • Holly

    Amazing prints!

    Soi Eight Recycling xx

  • http://emmalouiselayla.com/ Emma Louise Layla

    Ace collection. Need those dungarees. Emma Louise Layla Xx

  • Rebeka

    Ahh Phillip Lim, I love his clothes. I love his silhouettes. So good.

  • Cynthia

    oh hell yes! love it all.

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  • http://twitter.com/TaoJassi Tao Jassi

    Absolutley brilliant! The vibrant colours are just fresh and candy like, i love it.