Modern Sportswear Gets Romantic and Dirty
Celebrating 10 years, Phillip Lim staged a show that was epic in size and epic in the clothes that walked down it. Walking into the warehouse, there were mounds of dirt spaced all around the open floor. The models walked through the maze-like pattern which was designed by architect Maya Lin. "I was thinking," Lim said, "about where things start. They start from a seed. They start from dirt."
The theme of the show at its core was going back to the beginning. The roots of the Phillip Lim brand - hence the dirt. It was about construction in the most real form as you could see in the details of the clothes. The netting on the backs of bomber jackets and the cutaway netting on the elbows of oversized satin and cotton pullovers. Details in the ruffles on the backs of shoulder pieces and details in the headpieces. The color scheme was minimal, pairing muted greens and oranges with satin beige and whites. Flora and fauna were the main prints combining them with the brand's signature pinstripes as hinted to by the invitation, and with a theme of new beginnings it seemed fitting to combine the two to inject a new sense of life into the clothes.
Overall, the show was elegant and romantic; not stark and abstract - as his other collections have been. It was fit for a modern New England gardener with one hell of a greenhouse.