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NYFW review: 3.1 Phillip Lim's fall 2009 collection

February 24, 2009 |  7:00 am

Phillip_lim The fantastic thing about a Phillip Lim collection is that no matter what the big idea is, almost anyone can find something to wear.

This season, Lim embraced fashion's well-worn rock theme, complete with live music from the band Lissy Trullie. That meant a cream doubleface wool "H:endrix" coat, a ruffled "dandy blouse," and a darling black-and-white rabbit print crinkled chiffon dress. Get it?

A Sgt. Pepper jacket was emblazoned with gold braiding, as you'd expect, and wispy (Celia) "Birtwell" dress in a black burnout floral with a charming beaded yoke.

But the magic is in picking apart the looks and finding versatile pieces such as a copper-foiled shearling bomber jacket, a goat fur vest with crystals at the shoulders, and a dusty rose crepe scalloped hem dress with Art Deco beading--- all of which, you know, will be priced to move. Special and affordable, that's Lim's designing genius.

-- Booth Moore


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Photo credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times