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3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2017 - Runway Review

With a runway covered in sand and strewn with flower petals, the 3.1 Phillip Lim show mimicked a romantic beach. A native of Southern California, Lim has been looking at his West Coast roots for inspiration—and this collection was awash with a laid-back cool.

Ushered in his own version of what he describes as “hopefully gentler times,” Lim called his collection “my reaction to what is going on right now in our culture—it just felt right.” Set to a Patsy Cline soundtrack, the retro collection featured a similar floral pattern on the runway on the clothes, complemented by a Victorian aesthetic and the Fifties. Python had a moment in this show as well, as seen paired with a black leather bra and ruffle-edged skirt.

Adding a soft glamour to the collection were dreamy necklines and sheer long sleeves, hardened ever just so thanks to tough-edge zipper details cut a la scuba suit trimmings. With plenty of midriff-baring options, not to mention a lovely floral jacket-cum-dress and jumpsuit, this collection brought back Lim’s notion of laid-back, beach vibes that work in a professional climate.