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3.1 Phillip Lim AW14

Carried off on the spirit of the west, through bleached denim and desert marble prints

Initial reaction:

The spirit of the west: horse prints, cowboy scarves and lots of denim. The raw wood frames built inside the space gave it a barn feel.

Hey cowboy:

Jackets were boxy in silhouette like western bleached denim and had black contrast collars, while a full denim look featured a distressed and bleached out cape with drawstring waist. An American west landscape was reflected in the burnt oranges, blues and browns of boiled wool coats, with horse head prints a literal nod to the theme. A double denim shirt and jeans, with black belt and burgundy mottled jacket – and the neck scarves worn with other looks ­– could have come straight off the back of John Wayne.

Stand out looks:

A bomber jacket and denim shirt were embroidered with a monochrome floral motif (like that you find on cowboy boots), while leather trousers came laid back and luxe in a super supple slouch finish. A burnt orange shearling fur over a black mac jacket seemed to mimic animal furs worn during cold desert nights.


Marble prints cut into graphic triangular shapes on white shirts were the colour of hot desert sand. Oversized plaid in orange and blue adorned a voluminous waistcoat tabard worn with leather, and a blown up check cut through black and white trousers.

How they wore it:

With slouchy cable knits, and white glossy winklepickers. Handbags were classic and structured, with straps tucked in and held under the arm – some had tufts of white fur trimming the seams.