Resort 2019 saw Phillip Lim venture beyond practical and chic city-style clothing, and for spring 2019, he’s venturing further out into the luxurious Middle East. While the references weren’t explicitly said out loud, one can’t help but feel the strong Moroccan vibe that wafter across the runway. The vertical-striped pieces, for example, were picked up from the glamorous Moroccan shoots of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar during the 1970s. The stark white separates, of which there were a lot in this collection, seemed to be straight out of Ingrid Bergman‘s exceptional wardrobe from the 1942 film, “Casablanca.” Escapist fashion isn’t entirely Phillip Lim’s territory, which made the practical and urban touch of this luxurious collection understandable. What would usually be softly-tailored were strict and rigid, perfect for a business meeting or a cocktail party right after. The graphic prints, in bold earthy colors, looked perfect for a summer getaway, but also for a stroll around the block in New York City. It seems no matter how Phillip Lim tries to take himself out of the city, you can’t take the city out of this beloved designer.
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