“It’s upbeat and easy, while further extending the range to give people all types of solutions for whatever may come up,” designer Phillip Lim said of his pre-fall collection. “I always think of transitions as a time of experimentation, but experimentation also comes with clothes or ideas that are more rooted in uniforms and classics.”
Picking up where he left off in spring, Lim’s pre-fall collection also offers versatility and thoughtful detailing with a balance of lightly structured utility and hyper-femininity.
The pieces evoked messages of playful, sexy, and cool ease while offering realistic wearability for a myriad of occasions through convertible, mix-and-match, and pre-styled silhouettes. For example, a little white one-shoulder cocktail dress in unsold thick crepe with an elongated bow at the neck or its version of the three-piece suit: a men’s vest with a built-in cropped bra and flared pants. Knitwear, another strong aspect of the collection, offered the same appeal – flared pants and tops with “soft” ribbing, a handmade melano camisole with technical knit lace or a zipper halter that alluded to a deconstructed cardigan.
Lim’s transitional message was synonymous with layered looks (a buttercream cotton and recycled polyester trench coat layered over head-to-toe knitwear) as well as the individual garments themselves. For example, women’s wardrobe staples with a utilitarian twist, like poplin convertible dresses, organic natural denim miniskirts, a new tie-dye eyelet camp shirt and utility skirt, or chunky sandals toys, boots and colorful mini bags.
“Thinking about the ever-changing and changing world we live in and responding to it without knowing the story or the situation that will last more than two months,” he explained, further emphasizing the collection’s strength in offering real clothing for today’s ever-changing reality. .