Runway Report: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Rock formations and swirling crystal geodes combined to create volcanic cool on the Phillip Lim runway.

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Sleek and simple at 3.1 Phillip Lim during New York Fashion Week.
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Crack open a geode an you'll see a swirl of sparkling minerals. That wave-like motif, and the idea of geology in general, was the starting place for Phillip Lim's latest collection—for which the designer dusted the runway flooring with crunchy salt rocks.
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Lim's concept may have been specific, but the articulation of his theme never felt precious or overly literal. Instead, the designer delivered a smattering of covetous separates—an uneven-hem tunic top, for instance, paired with a pink patterned trouser.
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3.1 fans will recognize some familiar silhouettes, like the full white skirt and boxy black top that paired perfectly with a collarless neoprene jacket.
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Patchworked fringing lent an organic quality to easy popover tops.
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Lim was also experimenting with surface appeal. A pieced-together leather skirt that hit below the knee had a green metallic finish akin to aged bronze.
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Marble textures were a recurring theme throughout the collection. Here, the look was used to maximum effect on a quilted moto jacket.
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Lim's latest dresses were longer and boxier than seasons past. An airy sundress with a marble-print bodice was finished with textural accents along the sleeves and waist.
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We loved the interplay between a pair of cool blue visor shades and shimmery metallic vest.
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This printed trouser, boxy gillet and draped crop top hit the sartorial mark—the perfect combination of playful print and polished structure.
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A breezy cream skirt and drapey, technical knit in bright white? Yes, please.
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