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Phillip Lim's Eclectic Nomads

The ethnic vibe made for an invigorating show with a breezy laid-back allure and a reassuring political message of inclusion and diversity.
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  • Angelo Flaccavento

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. ​"​M​emories 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​ experience​s 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.

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