I had a hard time making sense of 3.1 Phillip Lim’s somewhat sporadic Fall 2010 collection. It definitely felt like he’d decided to revisit the closet of some 60 year old retired diva for outfits from her disco hayday. Some looks were obviously channeling Studio 54, while others fell between rock-n-roll and uptown prep.
The show opened with four looks featuring a tan/grey/black large checkered angora wool. It took form as a criss-crossed jumper dress and layered cape with leather bound edges, large tailored shorts, and a pair of flared trousers. From there, the tailor was a little less obvious with loose body suits and heather grey ponchos. I could keep going on with descriptions of each segment of the show, but as I said earlier, it was a bit sporadic. When you think the collection would remain among tan, black, white, and grey in various tones, up comes a blue jean jacket and shorts under a marigold silk anorak.
Then collection then reverted to the neutral color scheme that started in the beginning, but only to be interrupted by animal print, periwinkle, and deep purple sequins. Besides the the 70s vibe, the top-heavy proportioning of the clothes were the major connection within the collection, with sharp asymmetrical hem dresses adding a whimsical element to balance out the use of heavy fabric.
The collection ended with four flowing looks, opposite of how the show began; the last look being a bright pink dress with nude long sleeves decked out in rhinestones.
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