3.1 Phillip Lim
June 27, 2012 Paris
That's perhaps a lengthier explanation for the presence of wide-legged karate pants than is necessary. And while reporters—present company included—now demand prehistories of collections from their designers, Lim sometimes gets overly caught up in his narrations. That can detract from what's genuinely great about his work, which is the askew angle he tilts his staples. What scored today were not the jackets with zip-off panels or printed canvas pants but the welcome ease of a bonded jersey parka with adjustable gussets. Items like that point to why Lim recently won the CFDA's Swarovski Award for the best emerging menswear designer.