It's amazing what a difference a backdrop can make. With its floral, earthy tones and relaxed cuts and silhouettes, 3.1 Phillip Lim's SS16 collection first appears to fit right into the wardrobe of an effortless fashionista on a mediterranean holiday. But throw in the designer's runway theme of "stop and smell the flowers" - complete with mounds of soil and a desolute atmosphere - and it comes off as a bid to stride fashionably forward in a post-apocalyptic world.
Despite all odds, the collection is breezy and relaxed, almost lazy but chic with its oversized silhouettes, airy paperbag-waist trousers, parkas and blouses with baggy bishop sleeves, paired with bits of access string and cloth flailing about. The flowers in question, of course, are found embroidered and printed on the garments, set against smooth satin, pinstripes and the odd metallic dash here and there.
Each of these elements are mixed and matched, often contributing to the deconstructed appearance of the collection. Asymmetrical swipes and slits are a recurring aesthetic while cut-outs only serve as venture to make this collection as elaborate as it's allowed to be.