We’re all huge fans of 3.1 Phillip Lim here at Gilt.com, and so we are thrilled to have co-sponsored his Spring 2013 show at the Skylight at Moynihan Station in NYC. Days before the show, Phillip himself sat down with Gilt StyleFile to discuss the collection, summing it up eloquently as “youthful elegance exemplified.”
The show notes described the collection as “an exploration into the notion of ‘Cut-Up’, a literary technique that can be traced back to the Dadaists of the 1920s and was made popular by William S. Burroughs in the 50s.” So how exactly did that translate to the collection?
The arching metal runway, which gleamed under a pantheon of industrial skylights, was filled with intricately pieced garments that expertly mixed prints for the ultimate cool-girl effect. Utility vests had an unexpected lightness, and silk overalls burst out in bold fuchsia and chartreuse. A series of chambray and denim pieces could best be described as architectural patchwork – sharp-edged rectangles fitted together into sleek garments.
Lim told Gilt Style File that the collection is “an evolution of what I’ve been doing — bringing in an element that is something I would never think I would do. I’m going against my comfort zone slightly, but I need to conquer that and I need to see how I would adapt that.”
His accessories also moved forward, with bucket bags edged in sharp gold hardware and a must-have purse in floral and black leather. His shoes kept the models grounded in mesh booties and pointed-toe flat sandals.
Lim told us, “It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be youthful, but up close it’s very sophisticated. It’s the whole idea of youthful elegance exemplified. It’s very mixed medium, a lot’s going to be coming at you, but hopefully in a very graceful manner.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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