February 06, 2006
While violinists played classic Prince hits in the background, Phillip Lim spoke about wanting to inject some "street elegance" into his popular year-old 3.1 line. The closest the show got to street, though, was a Hendrix-style band jacket worn over a shirtdress and a biker vest paired with a plaid shirt that might have appealed to a Richards sister. Actually, it was a good thing that Lim didn't push his theme to an extreme. The appeal of his pretty-but-cool clothes is that they don't try too hard. Here, that meant a ruff-collar blouse to pair with shorts, a houndstooth trench with rolled sleeves, or a bow-belted skirt. And who could resist a shearling box coat trimmed with rope beading à la Chanel?