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Show Report: 3.1 Philip Lim A/W 16 Womenswear

by Kiki Georgiou on 15 February 2016

Kiki Georgiou reports on the 3.1 Philip Lim A/W 16 womenswear show.

Kiki Georgiou reports on the 3.1 Philip Lim A/W 16 womenswear show.

Phillip Lim likes to give his customer plenty of options. She is definitely and definitively the girl about town and that feeling of ease and movement has been present in his brand since the very beginning. Now, ten years on – last season, Lim celebrated his anniversary – he has the formula down to a T, a very pretty one for that matter. Not that the designer doesn’t surprise us anymore - indeed he did so today by presenting one of the most well edited and thought-out collections of the week so far.

Lim stuck to a neat hit list. First, the humble quilted puffa was made softer and lighter and in olive green - his was as chic as they come. Next, plaids and checks – they’ve been ubiquitous in New York this season, but here they had a seventies college student air about them. They came in muted buttercup and ochre yellows on single-breasted blazers and drawstring trousers with all the ease - perhaps thanks to the elasticated rib cuff - of jogger pants.

Velvet? Tick. A yellow gold biker jacket was particularly fantastic and so was a rusty red trouser suit. Lurex? Gold zip-ups perfect for layering and pleated midi skirts. Comfy knits? Lim showed an overlapping check dress with vent cut-outs on the hem and a camel sweater dress with sleeves knotted together at the waist – simple but effective. That was really the MO of the entire collection – from the collage dresses that mixed printed silks with velvet and zips but fitted like, yes, Ts, to a line of staples on the seams of a black dress and pockets of a khaki mini skirt. Elsewhere they appeared as stitches on a big orange wool coat - perfectly for running around the city. That reminds me, Lim nailed the velvet ankle boot too.

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