3.1 Phillip Lim

By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times fashion critic While designers may be taking inspiration from the deconstructed, black-and-white anti-fashion of the 1980s, they aren't forgetting what sells -- color and shine. Nearly every collection had at least one piece with a dusting of sequins (DKNY's sequined garden floral boyfriend jacket, Phillip Lim's sequined coat dress, Michael Kors' inkblot sequin shift), proving that the love affair with sparkle is not ending any time soon. This season also saw a revolution in prints, as young designers such as Thakoon Panichgul, Peter Som, Proenza Schouler and Jason Wu experimented with dip-dyed, bleeding floral, digitized animal spot and Rorschach-like prints to beautiful effect. As for color, enjoy the neon brights now, while you can. Come spring, when all the new clothes we've seen this week will be in stores, those colors will be but a distant memory. The week's "it" color was red, whether cerise, lipstick or pimento. Among red highlights: Phillip Lim's lipstick-red suit with a double-breasted jacket and fold-over waistband pants; Victoria Beckham's cerise double crepe, flared skirt dress, Badgley Mischka's pimento-colored linen kimono jacket, Derek Lam's red wool front wrap skirt with gold toggle closures, DKNY's rose stretch silk Shantung wrap dress, and Diane von Furstenberg's red-tan, palm tree-beaded sheath dress.
Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times
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