14/02/2012 09:21 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

3.1 Phillip Lim Gives Us Neo-Noir Heroines For Autumn

WHO: Phillip Lim

IN A NUTSHELL: This was a collection anchored in duality and, according to the show notes, "using positive and negative space to evoke neo-noir heroines". For those that require a little concrete information, Lim's vision translated to razor sharp monochrome tailoring with contrasting textures of organza, merino wool and PVC - and an incredibly enthusiastic smoke machine.

BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: There was plenty of beautifully cut layered tailoring to chose from, and we had a real soft spot for the opening look; an ivory paneled cape and black and white shadowed pencil trousers. Looks were accessorised with a PVC belt and PVC faux collars.

VERDICT: To be honest, he had us at the invitation. We're told that Lim's staff hand cut the intricate pop-up Manhattan skyline on each of the 600 sent out. But even without the fancy invite, Lim still impressed. He managed to show a collection that felt genuinely fresh, clean and modern for autumn - something that New York has been lacking thus far.

See highlights from Phillip Lim's collection below :