3.1 Phillip Lim
Get ready to jet with the new Phillip Lim collection; the first model showcased a khaki coat with subtle embellishments, complementing a white shirt, oversized tie and harem pants. "I wanted to make clothes that were ready for travel," Lim said before the show. His collection has brought glamour back to aircrafts and runways alike. Mini’s, exposed zips, scarves and raffia dresses, leather jackets and chiffon frocks reflect the diversity of his travel inspired collection. Lim, infamous for his evening wear continued to please audiences with a new expression of travel chic.
Oversized sun hats, cinched waists and classic black chic numbers opened her collection. "It's about the modernity of New York—all the new buildings and the freshness of the city," Karan said as shades of midnight black, aerosol white and burnt orange took centre stage. Prints, trousers and trenches were complemented with cinch belts and large brimmed hats. Strong pinks injected colour into her collection as did rah-rah prints of flowing fabrics on long frocks and blousons.
Derek Lam paid tribute to the defiant forces of fashion photographers, Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton. "I've always loved his work [Guy Bourdin]," Lam said. "He's the other side of Helmut Newton—young and fresh and provocative." Leopard print silks, golden robes, snake skin inspired minis and zebra print thigh skimmers provoked seventies inspired hedonist glamour. True spring inspired designs of short silk bright feather-light evening dresses featured handkerchief sleeves and matched with stockings were the highlight of the show.
"We were looking at some fabulous advertising from the late seventies and early eighties for Virginia Slims and Charlie," said Michael Kors before his show. "There was something about those women; they were very sexy, but sporty at the same time." The collection opened with a polar white and sunshine yellow tennis dress paired with a yellow visor and extra large utility tote. Beautiful citrus gowns graced the runway; larger than life sun hats embodied the spirit of spring and reflected elegant silhouettes, tailored trousers and cinched waists, large totes and understated bikinis, micro thin cinch belts and headscarves complemented his vision.