Chic Peek At Fall 2010

I went to see Phillip Lim’s 3.1 fall collection up close in his NY showroom the other day. The show was

3.1 Phillip Lim camel coat

terrific back in February, but after 2 months, I’d forgotten the vibe that sent me into fashion orbit.

As soon as I rounded the corner (after viewing the delicious, deluxe accessories in the entry – particularly a buttery, squashy leopard satchel so chic it could almost walk you into a room !), it hit me all over again. How could I forget? These are absolutely great clothes — simply, totally elegant American sportswear chic.

Following a long but stratospheric tradition that includes iconic American designers Claire McCardell, Bonnie Cashin, Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Kors, and Marc Jacobs, Lim has picked up the golden thread of chic American classic style and made it his own. This is where classics should be in 2010. His silhouettes are tweaked, reshaped and detailed into modernity.

There were terrific coats – from a camel double-breasted

3.1 Phillip Lim gray shearling melange coat

kimono coat with a thin black leather belt to a black silk-piped short hooded camel steamlined duffel coat — and great knits. Big, slouchy, pale blue and striped gray/blue cardigan sweaters and greige textured sweater tunics were elegantly easy. A very shaggy ivory knitted cardigan and skirt were just sublime. There were great shorts in quilted leather or cotton, to be worn over thick tights.

And the shearlings! There were endless super texture combinations of suede, shearling, tweed, leather, fur and knit worked into sections that made these the season’s best American jackets and coats, all in shades of gray, ivory, beige, natural, brown and black. So yummy.

Sequin dresses and tunics often mixed with other fabrics, and with just the right amount of shine, looked terrific here in Lim’s hands, and not tired the way they seem in the stores for spring, with scores of brassy imitators of designer shine packing the racks. Dull, rich gold, matte violet and silver spelled out a luxurious message in these covetable accent pieces.

But, best of all was the blanket plaid coat, skirt, shorts and pants that just about screamed Bonnie , Bill

3.1 Phillip Lim blanket plaid coat

and Geoffrey, albeit with a modern, assymetrical touch that Lim’s young (and now older, I am sure) customers adore. In cream, grey, beige and black, it was just about the chicest thing I saw this season. I love it when that happens! What a star to watch for anyone who loves fashion.  Available in July at stores or at www.31philliplim.com.

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4 thoughts on “Chic Peek At Fall 2010

  1. Hi Carla- I just adore your writing style as well as your aesthetic sensibility (even though I’m out of the fashion loop for eons :>)
    My hub is a marketing guy with Internet focus….thus, it occurred to me that you oughtta have an email capture/subscribe feature on your blog…..I have semi-retired from the black hole of facebook, but would love to regularly read your blog which I cannot remember to do on my own without an email reminder…..just a suggestion!
    Take care,
    Evelyn
    PS just noticed the options below after writing this…you might want to place them higher- I think many people will miss them if not leaving a comment, thus scrolling down.

    • Thanks so much for your great words. It’s encouraging to know someone’s reading out there! Spread the word!

    • Thanks so much for your nice compliment – and for getting in touch. I also enjoyed your emails to me, passing along your friend’s comment. Always good to know where your old supporters are and how they are doing. YSL seems a hundred years ago, but it was great fun with you!

  2. My pleasure! And several more of my friends have subscribed/told me how much they enjoy your blog- it is so right to the point with good meaty info that we ladies can all use as a starting point. Thanks and keep up the good work!
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