Phillip Lim whipped up his own fanciful narrative to anchor his collection. The story revolves around “a disco party that comes to an end because of exhaustion and excess,” said Lim, adding that his girl comes out of the shadows and pulls off a gown from a reveler. “She cuts it and makes it her own.” Thus, fall’s premise of Seventies disco-meets-punk. Asymmetry was a major motif throughout as seen in the trailing hems of airy flyaway dresses, which were, at times, layered over sporty separates. Case in point: the sheer kimono-sleeve tunic worn over bouclé shorts and a beaded vest. Lim improved upon spring’s patchworking theme, too, which was done with a much lighter, less affected hand and resulted in some terrific spliced outerwear. And while the hot pink finale dress, with bejeweled sleeves, is destined only for the discotheque brave, Lim’s easy sportif separates — oversize wool poncho, white oxford cape shirt — will have the rest of us aching to get the fall shopping party started

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