Phillip Lim makes grunge gorgeous

He’s always a favourite – but Philip Lim’s spring summer 2013 collection had even more to love than usual.

Raspberry pink dungarees. Dark floral dresses. Printed biker jackets. Band T-shirts overlaid with gauze. There were so many things you’d just want to grab from the catwalk and wear that this show was practically an exercise in shopping.

The thing with Phillip Lim is that whatever theme he claims – this time, the notion of ‘cut-up, a literary technique popularised by William Burroughs, was detailed in the show notes – it pretty much just comes down to great pieces. No more, no less.

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And there was plenty of that. The general vibe was '90s grunge, which translated into a lot of layering and some key motifs: plaid, mixed prints, a charming woodland appliqué that made its way over a number of otherwise sheer skirts and tops. There were great T-shirt shaped dresses, floral-print jumpsuits, canvas utility trousers and distressed denims.

It’s not hard to see why this designer has such a flourishing retail business. All we hope is that he hurries to open a London store to stock this lot.

See the full collection on our Catwalk channel

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