NEW YORK, United States — The 3.1 Phillip Lim show today came with a tiny little poem written by the designer himself. One line seemed to serve as a poignant description of the eclectic opus we saw on the catwalk. "Memories stitched together, time worn and wind found."
The collection was exactly this: a collage of floating bits and pieces, lovingly amassed and randomly put-together, roaming large across styles and cultures. The ethnic vibe was palpable, but never overtly literal or referential. It made for an invigorating show with a breezy laid-back allure and a reassuring political message: one of inclusion and positivity, a celebration of the beauty of diversity.
The son of immigrant parents, Lim has first person experiences with the absence of these values. His work, however, has never previously touched so openly on the political. It was a welcome first, done in Lim's trademark light way. "As a designer, I think it is my duty to reflect on what is happening in the world and give my opinion through the clothes I make," he said backstage, stressing his will to address an eclectic community of nomads with his creations. He delivered, with the added bonus of some truly charming romanticism.