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In an effort to make reading Racked NY as much like being in the tents as humanly possible, we'll be liveblogging the shows all week, from the suspense of waiting in line (will the seats be any good?) to the drama of the runway (will anyone stumble?) to the post-show euphoria. This time around: feminine individualism inspired by New York City from 3.1. Phillip Lim
Show location: The Tent at Bryant Park
The skinny: Romantic looks for downtown girls
Celebs spotted: Alexa Chung
The takeaway: Frankly, we're confused. Lim's program said that he was aiming for the moment when disco turned into punk, but we could never have imagined that that moment involved a giraffe-print pantsuit. Or a fuzzy lilac mohair tunic worn with a fuzzy lilac mohair cardigan, which is sort of the fashion equivalent of having a side of mashed potatoes with your mac and cheese. We did love the purple-on-purple dresses, in which a more muted violet made a raspberryish sequin fabric look positively electric. And the shoes, by Christian Louboutin for 3.1 Phillip Lim, were truly killer.
2:08pm: And we're back in the main tent for Lim's show. But outside at check-in we waited next to two very young-looking kids who were discussing their strategy for sneaking in. Didn't work; they were denied.
2:12pm: The publicist yelled at some PR girls standing inside the tent: "Don't just stand there! Talk to people!"
2:14pm: Lookin up at the standing section, it's particularly cramped and crowded today.
2:16pm: Kate Lanphear of Elle is in the house and we have another spotting of the Other Andrew from Kell On Earth working in the tents, but not for People's Revolution anymore.
2:19pm: Nina Garcia is already seated in the front row, and yukking it up with those around her.
2:21pm: Let's talk about the runway itself: the surface looks like marble, and there's an archway at the end where the models appear.
2:22pm: We keep seeing this tall blonde in cropped orange trousers hugging people in the front row. What's her deal? The outfit is nice, but would make anyone under 5'9" look like a hilarious mole creature.
2:25pm: Suzy Menkes of the IHT? Check. Cathy Horyn of the NYT? Check. Bryanboy right behind them? Check.
2:26pm: We see you, Hamish Bowles!
2:27pm: The show's program says the woman evoked by the collection is "somewhere in the air between disco and punk."
2:28pm: Now the paparazzi are going nuts for Alexa Chung, who's wearing a gray marled cardigan.
2:30pm: Just spotted Lynn Yaeger in the...is that the sixth row?! Well, she doesn't exactly have a job right now.
2:33pm And the lights are going down! Fern Mallis just appeared to take her seat, of course.
2:34pm: First looks: plaid mohair in brown, a white and grey skirt, a cloak and shorts. Now here come the pants!
2:35pm: A shearling jacket and cropped gray pantsuit. All of the skirts so far are stiff and high-waisted. Leopard-print bag!
2:36pm; A denim top, denim shorts?or are they culottes? And we just noticed that Bill Cunningham is sitting between Suzy and Cathy in the front row.
2:37pm: Pretty sure we just saw camel shorts over Christian Louboutin knee-high boots. Is this disco punk?
2:38pm: Now it's getting dreamier, sexier with a leopard-print leather jacket. Oh god...and a giraffe-print pantsuit?
2:39pm: Some nice lilacs now, though the loose fuzzy lilac sweater dress is basically a Snuggie.
2:40pm: Whoa! Shimmery purple disco style paired with sparkling gold Louboutins. And a gold pantsuit. We could see Tilda Swinton or Cate Blanchett in that.
2:41pm: And we have fur. Of course. Lots of asymmetrical handkerchief hems on the little dresses.
2:42pm: A giant breastplate worn inside a billowy sheer dress. The last look is a hot pink dress with crystal-embellished sleeves. It's very loose and actually the opposite of body-con, like a lot of this collection.