3.1 Phillip Lim: Sharp Silhouettes and Inventive Fabrics

Lim's collection for Fall 2011 seemed more forward-thinking than it has in seasons past, and certainly the pieces had an edge in the form of exaggerated seams and sharply-cut jackets.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: A model walks the runway at the 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at St. John's Center Studios on February 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
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Lim's collection for Fall 2011 seemed more forward-thinking than it has in seasons past, and certainly the pieces had an edge in the form of exaggerated seams and sharply-cut jackets.
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Lim described the collection as "a loitering presence," and -- much like Marc Jacobs had done for Fall -- incorporated some inventive fabrics into the new collection, including neoprene sleeves on a black jacket.
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Here, the designer used a dark brown leather for a pair of slouchy pants.
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There was also some high-concept, almost trompe l'oiel looks in the collection, like this beige jumpsuit cut to look like a trench coat with a shawl.
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Similarly, this sweater conveyed the look of several sweaters layered on top of each other, with one even knotted on top.
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Whereas Lim's previous collections seem to focus on elegant sportswear, the look here was a bit sportier, honed to a fine point.
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On the other hand, a series of simply-cut dresses had a McQueen-inspired, almost Rorschach quality.
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Another trompe l'oiel effect seemed to layer a black-tie formal dress over a patterned tee -- in fact, the dress is entirely one piece.
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