3.1 Phillip Lim Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2014 New York
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3.1 Phillip Lim Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2014 New York

When designer Philip Lim started mining for an interesting new idea to be the foundation for his spring summer 2014 show he took the concept a bit literally. Turning to the world of minerals and crystals and the natural beauty of wood grains and stones to anchor his collection.

It was a smart move for it was those elemental embellishments that bound this collection of varying silhouettes together. The beauty of a sheer bomber jacket or dress embellished with shimmering metallic geode formations, a dark marble patterned perfecton and wide leg pants in a patchwork of frayed raffia that mimicked stonework, were all intelligently done. And those are just a sampling of the many clever nature based ideas Lim was able to translate into wearable clothing in this collection.

Even the quieter pieces that fit a little more incongruously with the theme, say a jacquard halter top whipstitched to a spongy leather skirt or a cloque and mesh mixed dress had an odd beauty about them.

There was a clear and organic progression of ideas on the catwalk. Insightfully executed, they revealed Lim to be developing both as a fashion designer and a luxury brand. This is a healthy fashion house that produced this season, not just a strong ready to wear offering but also a distinctive line of bags, a wide variety of 3.1 Philip Lim sandals and some original iridescent eyewear created in partnership with Linda Farrow that are sure to entice those who love to dress for the concrete catwalk.

With this collection Lim hit fashion paydirt.

- Jessica Michault