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For Philip Lim, Fashion Is About Art and Community

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Typically fashion shows have models walking down the runway wearing the clothing from a designer's newest collection. At Philip Lim 3.1's A/W 2024 New York Fashion Week showing, however, the models were nowhere in sight. Instead, in one room the new collection of utilitarian pieces, (a cargo sweatsuit, a peplum denim jacket, and multipurpose knit pants) hung from racks while a board of lookbook photos sat on an adjacent wall.

In another room, though, was a story about more than just clothing. Images and clothing hung from the ceiling telling the story of life in New York City. The instillation, titled INTERSECTIONS had “four vignettes of life as seen by a multigenerational group of AAPI creatives, including Dong-Ping Wong of Food Architects, photographer Jiro Konami, composer Sugar Vendil, graphic design studio Social Species, and original verse by youth poets: Fatima Ahmad, Jessica Kim, Vanessa Niu and Serena Yang," according to a press release.

In an interview at the show, Lim told Teen Vogue that this season was about community. “One of our mandates is using our platform for a bigger community,” he said. “It's just really more like an experience and art installation to pick up the energy of New York City and with this [season] we wanted to return back to that concept and engage a broader creative community — our community — and work with poets and art directors and composers, and set designers and really showcase their work too.” He explained that they gave a color palette and the collection, which he says is about “how we live, how we work, how we love, and how we play,” and let the artists "do their thing to set the stage.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 09: Artwork on display at the 3.1 Phillip Lim  Presentation during New York Fashion Week - February 2024: The Shows on February 09, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 09: Fashion on display at the 3.1 Phillip Lim  Presentation during New York Fashion Week - February 2024: The Shows on February 09, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows )

For the actual collection, Lim explained that the collection was also about chaotic life in the city. Read: cargo pants. “Cargo pockets are not just for fun,” he joked, noting that New Yorkers actually need those deep pockets. In the past, the brand has worked through sustainability innovations in the designs – one sequin dress made from seaweed is actually being put on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. This season, he worked with recycled “undyed” yarn (AKA not redyed) for some of the jackets.


Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue


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