Best shows from NYFW SS18 Day 6: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rosie Assoulin, Oscar de la Renta and Anna Sui
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3.1 PHILLIP LIM: CUE THE CLASSICS
The collection: The crisp minimalism of the '90s came back to life in Phillip Lim's spring 2018 outing. Think: A loose white, shirred-hem tank top paired with wide-leg black pinstripe pants (look 1), crisp white shirts (looks 2, 5 & 7) and sleek dresses like that fire engine red maxi (look 15). Lim made known that there was no real story behind the collection this time around, but the clothes spoke for themselves. These are classic ensembles meant for the modern woman to wear time and time again.
Buro loves: The series of ruffled ensembles Lim sent out (looks 35 to 39) — statement outfits when worn in entirety, but ever so versatile on their own.
Worth the investment: Those sock sandals (looks 6 & 11), right on the pulse of the sock boot and trainer trend.
ROSIE ASSOULIN: GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
The collection: It wasn't too long ago when Rosie Assoulin's eye-catching volume turned heads at fashion week. While the designer is still adept at creating shapes — like that exquisite ruffled hem (look 24) and 3D lace (look 28) — she's also learning to embellish her previously pared-back creations. Take for instance, that white dress embroidered with seashell motifs (look 28) and a flouncy frock printed with jewels (look 5). In true Assoulin fashion, everything is almost childlike and tongue-in-cheek, a reminder that fashion is meant to be fun and not taken too seriously.
Buro loves: The designer's ability to surprise season upon season.
Try this now: Mixing the same print in different shades — à la Assoulin's unique take on colour-blocking (looks 1 and 12).
OSCAR DE LA RENTA: REMEMBERING OSCAR
The collection: It was clear that designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia (also behind the label, Monse) wanted to pay homage to their predecessor. After all, it is Oscar de la Renta they are succeeding. This came in the form an expression of gratitude through the rendering of actual handwritten thank-you notes (Oscar himself was known for his personal touch) on the clothing — ones that ranged fur coats (look 6) to jumpers (look 11). The other half of their inspiration can be attributed to art, translated through paint splatters and brushstrokes on shirts, denim and dresses (looks 1 to 5, 13 & 14).
Something you might have missed: Kim and Garcia's tribute to Oscar also came by way of the designer's name spelled out in sequins across a gown and t-shirt (looks 38 & 39).
Buro loves: The true masterpieces, such as the series of dégradé tulle gowns, speak of the brand's true calibre (looks 49 to 52).
ANNA SUI: FOR THE LOVE OF FLORALS
The collection: Hippies, flower power and the free love of the '60s served as inspiration for Anna Sui's latest runway. Exiting through curtains decorated with motifs of the sun and moon, models were decked in patchworked denim (look 8), tiered ruffle dresses (looks 14 & 33) and printed shirts in a riot of colours (looks 2, 3 & 9). It was psychedelic and definitely easy-going — without losing touch of Sui's signature style of lace and floral prints.
The soundtrack: Whimsical tunes such as The Beatles' 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' set the tone for the show.
Buro loves: Sui's bold hand at mixing prints and textures, buoyed by a devil-may-care attitude. Did someone say festival dressing?
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