New York Fashion Week Coverage: 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2014 Collection

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New York Fashion Week Coverage: 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2014 Collection

On the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway, the designer mined subterranean strata for a geological-inspired collection that extracted geodes’ sturdy beauty and placed it on display on truly beautiful, ladylike creations.

To reflect the elemental nature of the presentation, the runway and floor of the show were covered in crunchy salt crystals, and the room was filled with brilliant white light. Geode swirls were embroidered onto the tops and skirts, lending them an earthy refinement – the curving lines of the patterns working to soften boxy silhouettes. Lim’s cropped looks stood out from the rest of Fashion Week’s foreshortening melee by showing up on swinging trapeze coats and tunics with exaggerated sleeves. Metallic looks gleamed with an oily, mineral sheen, which was created by chemically treating metallic leathers. Every look was dusted with one geological touch after another; printed looks resembled the pulse of hot lava, feathery accents clung to sweaters and pants like fungi on a cave wall, and hems and necklines were left purposefully jagged like the texture of unpolished rock.

Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images

For all the earthy elements, the palette was surprising bright and crisp, showing light pistachios, citrons, pinks, and lapis blues. The strength of the collection comes from marrying two worlds that would usually never collide: cerebral sophisticated fashion and crystallized rock formations born of time, nature, and pressure.

Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway

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