3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2022

3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2022

The theme of 2022 so far? At an in-store appointment Phillip Lim said that it’s ambiguity, and the challenges and benefits of getting comfortable with it. As we enter the third year of the pandemic with the Omicron variant throwing another runway show season into question, the path forward isn’t clear. But rather than fight uncertainty (and the loss, grief, and confusion that stem from it), Lim is opting to embrace it. Discussing his new pre-fall collection he used words like “convertible, makeshift, and spontaneous.”

Picking up where his spring left off, Lim showed shirts and smock dresses with buttons spiraling the waist and hips, so customers can wear them fitted or loose, and a man’s tailored vest was designed with a built-in bra to show off or not, user’s choice. On other looks, he focused on unlikely layers of the sort Gen Z has gotten behind: a spongy knit camisole or a thick cable-knit halter might accompany a fine gauge ribbed knit sweater, and the season’s must-have accessory is a pair of split seam leggings with hems that kick out over sandals or pumps, weather depending. A slip of a one-shoulder minidress made from deadstock crepe was a sexy one-and-done riposte to the mix-and-match separates. It was also a useful reminder of the virtues of ambiguity.

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