As Neil Young’s “My My, Hey Hey” echoed and Phillip Lim’s models wovetheir way through a cavernous midtown warehouse, the word that came tomind was “grunge.” Not the ratty, greasy-haired type, but rather someonewho loves mixing slim and slouchy and layers with abandon. Lim’srebellious girl assembles her look with artful carelessness, flashes herpanties through a sheer dress and has no trouble mixing plaids withflorals. In his show notes, the designer explained that he manipulatedand reassembled many of his pieces in a manner similar to the literary“cut-up” technique used by Beat writers and Nineties-era lyricists. Andso a lush nubuck biker jacket appeared pieced together, jeans wereshredded and dresses sported mixed floral patchworks. This was a strongcollection with tons of personality.

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