Humberto Leon and Carol Lim studied up on Asian temples — Indian, Nepalese and Chinese — in all their gilded mysticism for their fall collection, the duo’s best yet for the house. Thematic treatments included opulent fabrics flush with metallic, such as gold jacquard and flocked lamé that looked like crocodile. They decorated outfits with a cool but kitschy eye motif, shown head-to-toe on a tailored jacket, skinny pants and open-toe booties.
For all the decoration, the clothes were commercially zen, a reminder that Lim and Leon are savvy, seasoned merchandisers. The clothes were cut with vaguely Asian references — great robe coats; short, precision-wrap skirts, and shirts with crisp, wide short sleeves — worked in understandable silhouettes that are very current on the contemporary level.