Sonny Shoots: Phillip Lim + Karen Walker
It’s Day 5 of Fashion Week, and while we’re falling asleep over our keyboards, star photographer Sonny Vandevelde is still running all over town, catching the cutest candid moments from the shows. This time around, he snapped some killer backstage pictures at Phillip Lim and Karen Walker.
For his 10th year anniversary Phillip Lim proved that, when it comes to celebrating, it’s better to give than it is to receive. Set in the massive Pier 92, Lim’s SS16 collection, aptly titled ‘stop and smell the flowers,’ was all about mother Earth – from the flower print and organic palette of olive, black, gold, and white. As per usual, the collection was masterfully crafted, with buttery silks and knits moving in exact accordance to the models struts, which were decked in incredible open toed boots and mules that we can’t wait to get our hands on. As a cherry on top of an eco-friendly sundae, the clothes were showcased amidst an installation created by Maya Lin for the occasion. Titled seven earth mountain, Lin created seven mounds using 200 tons of toxin-free compost, which will be repurposed throughout New York community gardens. With Lim vowing to donate the amount of money necessary to remit the carbon footprint of the show to Carbon Fund, it’s safe to say that being green has never looked better.
Karen Walker SS16 stayed true to the designer’s playful spirit. The looks were girly with an edge; Walker is always on top of trends, but some of her pieces would look right at home at a country club – we would love to be a chic golfer in her grid-printed high-water pants. We loved the combination of sportswear with feminine garments, like a grey patent raincoat over a flowy white dress. One of our favorite looks, giant jeans with a ribbed white sweater, definitely signaled that JNCOs are back, and the sunglasses, as is always the case with Walker, were fantastic. The collection was wearable, but still ahead of the curve, making the clothes a worthwhile investment.