Amid a season where colours have been loud and prints wild, Phillip Lim revealed a refreshing collection made up of sumptuous pastel-hued separates, with sophisticated dresses and summer outerwear thrown in. His audience of super cool girls including Alexa Chung, Binki Shapira, Tennessee Thomas, Alexis Krause were all for it. 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 – it was such a simple and controlled vision, and every look totally wearable.
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 grown-up – in fact, this collection will no doubt be worn head-to-toe next summer by the Hamptons set next summer, while leather ensembles and detailing, along with modern accessories, illustrate his original downtown-cool vibe is still alive and kicking.