“Utilitarian leisure.” That was Phillip Lim’s starting point for an eclectic lineup that delivered real-life, cool-girl style with innovative flair. “We thought about the idea of ‘realness’ — how to glam her up and keep her real at the same time,” Lim said. “But how do you bring this character to light by giving her a dose of eccentricity and immediacy?”
As it turns out, beautifully. With numerous references and a touch of whimsy — such as a friendship knot motif that was worked into the looks via prints and twisted fabrics — most of the looks worked a feminine take on utility. On the casual side, Lim’s sporty knits and tailored sportswear riffed on varsity and equestrian themes, while metallic lamé pleated skirts and outerwear added a bit of dazzle.
Lim also added some quirky hybrids, such as a Japanese camel twill trenchcoat with nylon bomber-jacket sleeves. Another, more classically pretty example: ribbed sweater dresses trimmed with lace for the appearance of a slip underneath. It all brimmed with easy-to-wear originality.