February 17, 2009
Thanks for asking, but business is just dandy in the Land of Lim, an exotic place where sell-throughs are strong, and where wait lists and reorders really do exist. "People still like the prices," reported Lim a few days ago in his studio. (That wait list, by the way, is for Spring's zipper dress.) His packed-to-the-rafters show (with Kanye and Amber Rose in attendance) clearly reflected his all-is-good state of affairs. Under the runway set of an illuminated arch, hipster singer Lissy Trullie and her band played live throughout. Spinning 180 degrees from last Fall when talk centered on growing up, this season Lim embraced the youthquake of sixties London, with all its vast attendant visual territory to mine: Biba, Ossie Clark, Granny Takes a Trip, Jimi Hendrix, Sergeant Pepper. Lim bopped easily from one influence to another, with lean Keith Richards-esque suits and groovy-glam marabou and goat-hair coats making nice with a slew of softly bohemian dresses (which will be the lazy girl's route to a fab vintage look). More than ever, Lim focused on coats. Those wishing to get their bandleader on for a nice price (and in a somewhat low-key manner) need look no further. A parka with rabbit-fur sleeves? Check. A gray breakaway shearling? Check. "It's about fun," said Lim. It's also about merch—mountains of it. In need of an edit? Maybe so, but if business is good, then bring it on.