Designers often begin their collections with a muse in mind, but Phillip Lim took things one step further for fall, inventing a character named Soleil whose blithe spirit came to embody the look and feel of his runway. The temperature may be dropping by the minute, but Soleil’s energy was all about the kind of youthful fun we’re more accustomed to seeing mid-summer. Lim kept things light on his runway, infusing even the heaviest pieces with playfulness – bomber jackets were covered in with flower petals and weighty furs rendered in the palest pastel shades. There were a few head to toe black looks for those who like their winter wear gothic, but for the most part Lim focused on the colorful and kinetic.
Among the high points of Lim’s lighthearted showing were the pieces that flaunted their embellishments. A sequined covered zip up number on Zlata Mangafic is certain to make the editorial rounds, as are those oversized ruffled sweaters. Magazines aside the true test of Lim’s success is what happens on the streets, backstage almost every model in his cast could be seen wearing pieces from Lim’s oeuvre and the countless guests who filled Moynihan Station were similarly dressed. Taking those factors into account along with the innate appeal of this collection, we’re sure to see many Soleils walking the street the moment these pieces hit the stores.