On Monday, February 10, Phillip Lim presented his Fall/Winter 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week. The looks were inspired by the idea of a “fun and culturally curious woman” whom Lim has named Soleil. According to Lim, “her world is somewhere between pop and culture.” The fun, playful side of Soleil was easily spotted amid several patchwork outfits, including shearling “Transit” coats in burgundy and chocolate tones with removable collars and a bisque patchwork “Transit” vest.
Shearling featured prominently in the collection, as seen in a long cream-colored vest balanced over narrow fabric-and-shearling slacks; a chestnut denim-style jacket; and a fuchsia vest that added a bright pop of color to the mostly fall tones.
“Windowpane” looks were also prevalent. Lim used them with classy, beautifully proporitoned elegance in pants, dresses, and oversized bomber jackets.
Many of the models looked as if they had just come off the fashionable streets of New York, sporting trench coats in varying shades of brown, chunky shoes, natural makeup, and hair styled to look almost windblown. Several looks also featured wide belts, each adorned with a single very large cabochon.
Lim showed not only his expert tailoring but also his design intelligence in the way he used ruffles in some separates. Exaggerated size, angled placement, and combination with cable knit assured that these adornments appeared strongly feminine and sophisticated.
The ruffled looks contrasted nicely with the more geometric (yet never static) appeal of some color-blocked styles, among them a striking ivory and black satin mid-length dress.
Although Lim opted for neutral tones in most of the pieces, hints of light turquoise and other blues also were sprinkled throughout the collection, as seen in a playful jean jacket, a suspender dress, and a bomber jacket shown with sleek open-toed booties in pale pink.
3.1 Phillip Lim’s raison d’être is “providing beautiful everyday classics accented with a sense of madness.” This chic and cool collection gave ample evidence of Lim’s skill at creating very wearable yet elegant clothes that appeal equally well to the young and the youthful. The brand is available in over 400 boutiques and department stores across 50 countries, with flagship stores in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Fashion Designer: Phillip Lim
Styling: Nancy Rohde
Makeup Artist: Francelle Daly for NARS Cosmetics
Hairstyling: Paul Hanlon of Julian Watson Agency using Moroccanoil
Nails: Elisa Ferri for NARS Cosmetics
Shoes 3.1 Phillip Lim
Accessories: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Eyewear: 3.1 Phillip Lim x Linda Farrow
Casting: Daniel & Drew Secret Gallery
Videography: Tender Night
Music Sebastien Perrin
Front of House: KCD
Production: Palmer Schwartz Agency
Editor in Chief: Semant Jain, Ph.D.
Article Editor: Elizabeth Nash
Fashion Writer: Linda Zid