Lim toyed with the idea of puzzle-piece fragments of garments that sit together to become a unified whole.
For spring, Philip Lim took a walk on the conceptual side with a collection that visibly shifted from his usual very sportswear-based aesthetic, into the realms of something a little riskier. With this collection, conceived in the neutral palette that has proven to be the key trend of the season, Lim toyed with the idea of puzzle-piece fragments of garments that sit together to become a unified whole. An interesting concept, and one that could easily have come across as too tricksy or clever, but at Lim’s deft hand was, as we’ve come to expect from the designer, refined and wearable. The various sections, made up of sheer organza in basic colourways, sat flat atop one another, paired with casual sweaters revealing buttoned-up collars beneath – a preppy-chic feature that continued throughout the collection. Luminous powder blue garments including mens-style tailored tuxedo trousers, basic shift dress and slouchy leather shorts, broke up the essentially nude palette, and chunky clog-like platform heels took the menswear tailoring-inspired ensembles from day-to-night. Lim’s continually understated, high-quality clothing never strays far from his original objective to create clothing that, in the designers own words, 'Stand for enhancement. I believe my designs should refine not define. Clothing should be smart, not in the sense of their aesthetic but in their functionality – they should be practical and effortless.'