3.1 Phillip Lim Heads to the Beach for Spring/Summer 2017

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Where some presentations at New York Fashion Week have played the guessing game – is this collection made for Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer? – Lim left little doubt as to the show’s seasonal orientation.

Phillip Lim’s native Los Angeles has served as inspiration for the designer before, but for Spring/Summer 2017 his label, 3.1 Phillip Lim, looked to L.A.’s past for ideas. He landed on an unexpected theme: L.A.’s beaches in the 1930s and 1940s and the modest Victorian bathing suit that dominated the beachwear styles of the time. He riffed on the full-coverage look, modernizing it for the Spring/Summer 2017 season by tossing languid, crumpled bombers and snakeskin jackets atop short body suits. The relaxed, sporty theme was additionally complemented by lingerie-like elements like printed bralets, silky boxer shorts, ruched robes, and silk pajama tops.

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It was sporty, casual, and glamorous all at the same time – a trio of elements that Lim is quite successful at developing. It almost makes us wish this actually was a “see now, buy now” collection.

Across a bed of sand strewn with multi-colored petals, a series of optic white looks featuring eye-catching floral prints launched the show. Where some presentations at New York Fashion Week have played the guessing game – is this collection made for Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer? – Lim left little doubt as to the show’s seasonal orientation. Fresh, beachy looks crafted from lightweight fabrics, and skin-baring silhouettes proved the point. For decorative accents, Lim employed zippers, which zig-zagged across the surface of many looks, including a new take on the cold-shoulder trend which featured zip-away shoulders on a jumpsuit. Luxe offerings included a series of snakeskin separates and glossy leather jackets, which looked oddly out of place in an otherwise breezy line-up. One of his best ensembles strayed from the beaten path, as a striped pair of trousers with ruffled side seams appeared, paired with a slim-cut sleeveless top. It was sporty, casual, and glamorous all at the same time – a trio of elements that Lim is quite successful at developing. It almost makes us wish this actually was a “see now, buy now” collection.

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