Neo-noir comics like “V for Vendetta,” along with the idea that noteverything is ever as it seems, informed Phillip Lim’s intriguingcollection. He explored concepts of mapping and paneling to createclothes that played optical tricks — in most cases, two mirroringsilhouettes sliced to make the wearer look slimmer. (The method got muchmedia play last fall when Kate Winslet wore two different StellaMcCartney illusion dresses on the red carpet.) Lim’s 41 looks exploredthat optical theme, from a black-and-nude jumpsuit with a trompe l’oeilbustier to the graphic black and white cable knits — a strong point inthe lineup. He also took the idea further with jackets constructed tolook like two layered garments, as well as draped and twisted knitwear,some with sleeves dangling, trainlike, from the backs of chunkysweaters, which, simply put, looked strange.

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