There’s something of a quiet brilliance to Phillip Lim’s collections that seem to stand alone, and steady, in their own aesthetic world each season. It’s a nice place for Lim to be –seemingly unaffected by the ubiquitous fashion trends, but yet always maintaining an effortless cool that attracts the kind of discerning clientele that isn’t swayed by passing fads.
Amid a season where colours have been loud and prints consistent, Phillip Lim revealed a refreshing collection made up predominantly of pastel-hued separates, with sophisticated dresses and summer outerwear thrown in. The raw, white-washed warehouse venue acted as the perfect backdrop for the sorbet tones of lilac, lemon, sun-faded orange and shell pink on show. The relaxed fit of the loosely tapered silk pants, collapsed jumpsuits and racer back dresses, were intended to reflect the free forming ‘freedom and fragility of kites'. Lim incorporated the ease of 90’s influenced active wear, like some acid blue denim Bermuda shorts, with the more refined appeal of a flowing folded silk of an ivory ‘kite’ gown.
The repetition of the subtle kite detailing was seen throughout, from a magnolia and lemon top of silk ribbons simulating kite tails, to the triangular backs of front folded dresses and hooded silk utility vests. With each season, Phillip Lim’s designs become a little more sophisticated and grown-up – in fact, this collection no doubt will be worn head to toe by Manhattan’s elite Hamptons set next summer, while leather ensembles and detailing, along with modern accessories, illustrate his original downtown-cool vibe is still alive and kicking.