Phillip Lim was one of the few designers that didn't work with floral prints for S/S12 but the typically spring print appeared throughout his Resort 2013 collection on everything from simple blouses to along the belt line of tailored trousers. It true Lim style, far from being frilly and girly the prints and the collection as a whole was painstakingly cool.
Like the Proenza Schouler resort collection, the pieces were functional but still interesting. Lim offered up the perfect white shirt dress, a pair of black leather dungarees that I'm desperate to get my hands on now, a great summer white blazer and a pair of easy lightweight trousers that are perfect if you want to cover up but keep cool this summer.
Last night the CFDA Awards, the Oscars of the fashion world, took place and in New York at Alice Tully Hall and the winners are in. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took away the big womenswear designer of the year award for The Row, Joseph Altuzarra won the Swarovski Award for womenswear and Phillip Lim for menswear and Tommy Hilfiger was awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
Simon Spurr didn't end up winning the menswear designer of the year award, which was just as well considering all of the controversy surrounding his departure from his namesake line.
If you're loving all things sporty this season, you have 3.1. Phillip Lim to thank because the contemporary brand was one of the major players championing the trend for spring - and it gets better. This morning the designer flew to London to celebrate the launch of his pop-up shop in Selfridges, which features several of the key looks from the S/S12 collection.
Also on offer in the special pop-up is a edited selection of the A/W12 accessories ahead of the launch of the mainline accessories line at the department store in July. Favourites like the 31 Hour bag and the Pashli are still there for fall but come in rich tones like burgundy and fail safe black.
Take a look though the gallery to see my favourite pieces from the S/S12 collection.
Yesterday Diane von Furstenberg and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb held an event in New York to announce the nominees for this year's CFDA awards. The nominees were not a surprise. The usual names like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row was in the mix alongside Jack McCollough and Lazaro Henandez for Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Rachel Roy and Alexander Wang.
Last year's fashion icon award went to Lady Gaga leading many to question how they will be able to top that. Even Kolb tweeted: 'How do you top @ladygaga from last yr? We will!' This time the award will go to Johnny Depp, the first male to ever receive the award but while I've always been a fan of his, I'm not convinced that he can top Gaga.
It was a tailored affair at the 3.1 Phillip Lim show yesterday. Trousers were sharp, as were the jackets and waistcoats, and Lim offered up some killer two piece trouser suits that will slip into your wardrobe with ease.
This season was a big departure from the colour we saw he showed for spring. In there place came mainly monochromatic looks, particularly on those two tone trousers that we fell in love with last season, and also on simple shift dresses styled with opaque tights and chunky knitwear. Towards the end of the collection though, grey jersey knits popped up as well as a green double breasted coat, purple sheer organza skirt and heavyweight outwerwear in brown.
While Lim quoted superheroes as his inspiration this season, it didn't really come through as well as it did with his pre-fall collection with those 'Ka-Pow!' sweaters except on the white cape that he used to open the show and some gold ankle boots.
Phillip Lim's show yesterday is definitely memorable and it's not just because he delivered yet another strong collection. For Spring, he reverted away from all of the bold and sometimes garish prints that we've seen from New York this week and opted for something a lot more subtle and minimalist and it worked.
The collection was clean lined and fresh. Sorbet tones like lilac and a subtle orange appeared amongst muted tones like crisp white, beige and black but don't be fooled, the colours were far from cutesy. Instead, the collection had a real sporty edgy. Proving that style can be comfortable, Lim showed a selection of great silk slouchy trousers and the perfect loose fit racer back tops that will serve you well from season to season. Lightweight knitwear was also a strength and boasted the exposed shoulder style that has cropped up so often this week and a pair of flat ankle strapped sandals have my name all over them.
Today WWD announced that Phillip Lim is moving to Paris. The New York-based designer has decided to move his Fall 2011 menswear show to the French capital instead of showing in New York.
“We wanted the men’s wear to be shown in line with other men’s collections," Lim explained. "Showing in New York [in February] meant we were selling the collection before it was presented officially to press and buyers, so the main reason was to realign with the calendar.”
It looks like you don't have to be a big advertiser to get a prime spot in a big magazine's editorial - well if you're Prabal Gurung or Phillip Lim that is.
This week Racked National published a list from a shoot that took place in LA for an unnamed magazine which included the big advertisers that they have to shoot in order of importance, and those brands that they'd still like to use.