Balancing good design with commercial viability is a dance, and Phillip Lim did a bang-up job of it this season with a 3.1 collection he called Sonomama. The word means “as you are” in Japanese and refers to the steadfast style of moto-racing enthusiasts, a reference Lim has played on before to winning results. Such was the case here with the expected biker vests and racer-back dresses, but the theme moreover was touched upon with zipper details and leather patches.
The lot was layered up the way a modern woman wants to wear a trend. The opening look, for example, featured an embossed pink Neoprene coat with a detachable leather bib — making it appear that another jacket was underneath — worn over a sweater and a fierce leather mini. It worked well, as did the bevy of great outerwear, roomy shorts and skinny cargos, not to mention a cross-body bag that had editors swooning.