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NYFW: Fun and frivolity at Philip Lim

An eclectic mix characteristed the 3.1 Philip Lim catwalk at New York Fashion Week yesterday, pairing the designer’s penchant for the austere with a throwing-caution-to-the-wind rock-mod feel.

Indications of a Beatles influence began when Philip Lim sent out an elongated drummer boy jacket with metallic fastenings and contrast lapels.

The 1960s fashion sway continued with super shoulder shaggy jackets, high neck frill fronted blouses in hot pink liquid satin and fit and flare trousers in shades of mustard and burnt lilac.

Studio 54 references were clearly present through tiny leather hotpants, gold sequin saturated long cardigans and slashed neck tops, and collarbone baring sheer shifts with Tinkerbell sleeves heavily decorated across the hem.

The most commercial pieces for autumn 09 were dotted throughout the show - a boxy trouser suit here or a gathered, knee length dress there - but largely this presentation was about revisiting an era which loved its fun and frivolity and capturing the essence of exactly that.

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