It was a faux industrial wasteland at 3.1 Phillip Lim for Fall/Winter 2013, where inside a cavernous Chelsea warehouse assistants wielding watering cans soaked the raw-concrete floor ahead of the show.
The resulting shallow puddles and dank, urban atmosphere perfectly offset Lim’s optimistic and hugely wearable multi-hued separates and outerwear. Titled ‘Sono Mama’, meaning “as you are” in Japanese (and apparently a motor-racing maxim), Lim’s collection referenced classic biker pieces (leather jackets, vests and racer-back dresses were rife throughout), reworked in his trademark effortlessly cool, pretty-tough style. Once again this season, Lim proved his proficiency with tailoring – his consistently experimental yet viable outerwear, in numerable incarnations, the highlights of the comprehensive collection.
Looks were expertly multi-layered – impressively sans bulk given the number of pieces contributing to many of the ensembles, and crafted in striking autumnal hues with hints of pink and turquoise thrown into the mix. Leather and fur were the major players – bad-ass knee high boots, mini skirts and killer jackets and coats stealing the show – proving that last winter’s key trends (and what all the editor’s and street-style stars are sporting this NYFW) are here to stay.