Having met and interviewed Southern California designer Phillip Lim before, I have also spent time watching his collections evolve over the seasons. Having watched his development and growth into an established fashion designer with a significant place in the fashion world, it's a treat to see this collection. He's a much sought after designer for both celebrities and fashionistas. His fashions have gone from extremely feminine to uber-chic and now Lim presents a playful collection that in part works for day wear and definitely works for night—where the Swarovski detailing is definitely evident.
This collection is distinctly Phillip Lim with some real changes. This season is a myriad of colors and particularly features a lot of metallic finishes and detailing. The colors range from black, grey camel, cream, animal prints(??), plaids, and even color-blocking.
There are outfits in the daywear side of things I would definitely buy and many for night that I would kill to wear. Given that this is the last season at Bryant Park—an end to an era that Lim addresses—his optimism about the future shows both in his interview and in his design aesthetic. It's nice to see that much optimism given the darkness and/or recycled trending of other collections. Lim hit it out of the park (again).