Designer: Phillip Lim
Location: St. John's Center
Crowd: Bryanboy, Ahn Duong, Olivia Chantecaille, Stephanie La Cava, Linda Fargo, Amanda Hearst, Tennessee Thomas, Oh Land, Richard Chai, Theo Hutchcraft.
Inspiration: Kites in flight.
First Impressions: Oooh, purty. Visceral reactions aside, this was a lovely—dare I say lyrical—collection that continued to evolve Lim's edgy sportswear oeuvre while staying true to his brand DNA (vis-à-vis his now-classic carrot pants, boy-meets-girl outwear and easy-breezy tops and dresses, fashioned for spring out of asymmetrical silk squares that fluttered evocatively as the models walked). One of the best collections of the New York season, and a visual treat from first look to last.
Standout Piece(s): It's hard to narrow it down, there were so many. But a few covetable must-haves were the black collapsible panel jumpsuit with softly draped shoulder strap, the sherbet-hued kite tail tops worn with white thigh-split trousers that nodded to downtown designer Daryl K, an oversized sleeveless denim jacket that actually makes acid wash look cool again (yes, really), the lightflash print sleeveless anorak and the shell pink leather vest. To which I say: yes, please!