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Phillip Lim's Victorian Nashville

The designer showed clothes full of romanticism undercut by more sinister Western-inspired details, which worked best when Lim let go of his more uptight, tailoring.
3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer 2017 | Source: InDigital.tv
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  • Dan Thawley

NEW YORK, United States — Philip Lim knows how to set the scene: his Spring/Summer 2017 show set was littered with chrysanthemum stalks and dry earth, both indicators of the season's mood: "the soul of late 50's Nashville... Crooning over a Victorian romanticism", he called it. That improbable combination was whipped up into clothes with an innate prettiness - all ruffled and flower-strewn themselves - undercut by more sinister Western-inspired details that ran from tiny cabochon stud embroidery and zipped-off hemlines to a wanton way with blasted denim.

Paired with cut-away python mules and chunky clogs, these looks worked best when Lim let go of his more uptight, tailored inclinations - allowing ideas like shirred aviation bombers and laddered, scalloped-edge shirting pieces to push his historical inspirations in a more modern direction.

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