I am a huge Phillip Lim fan!!! Of all of the brands that have emerged over the last few years, Phillip Lim represents American fashion's great hope. Sadly, so many American designers struggle to break through the clutter, as the global fashion press and consumer has always placed an acute focus on the Europeans and Japanese as far as setting design trends. Surely several new American designers have created some noise over the last 10 years, but it wasn't really until about five years ago when the Americans really started to hit their stride. Phillip Lim and yes Alexander Wang are cleary the leaders of this pack.
Phillip Lim's designs have such a strong American sensibility...classic and accessible, yet so modern and high fashion. He has the ability to transforms basic shapes into sculpted, draped, architectural creations that are so covetable and oh-so wearable. He understands that American women are not all fashion models and designs for broader base...the ease of his clothes are what make them quintessentially American and always recognizable.
As promised, I am only seeking out items you can wear now and lucky for us Phillip Lim's Pre-Fall collection is summer-into-fall chic. I am obsessed with a few items in particular. Of course the first is a lovely little frock...his Parachute Dress is a definite transitional must-have. I adore the neutral floral pattern (florals are back for Fall FYI) and the shape is feminine perfection. It is silk so still super lightweight...the only touch of Fall fabric is the velvet belt which adds depth, texture and richness. Wear it now with wedges, cage sandals, gladiator flats and of course some fab bangles and then take the chill out in late September by layering it over a tee (one of my favorite tricks) and adding a neutral boot/bootie.
Next on my list is one gorgeous bag!!! His Inapinch Purse Tote is so fab I don't even know where to begin. I love ivory in the winter, so this bag can easily take you from now to Fall. The body is creamy wheat color which is broken up with black diagonal strips, the handles and shoulder strap are gold embossed snakeskin...phenomenal!!! The shape is perfection...actually the bag is perfection!!!
Of course I have to pick a tee shirt to round out the selection...I am tee obsessed afterall. I adore his Cording Embellished Long Sleeve Tee. The cord design is simple, stategically placed, quite high fashion and feminine. This is THE tee you need for those late summer weekend nights at the beach. It is loose fitting so I would wear it with boyfriend jeans or any great little mini-ish skirt...Clambake chic!!!
There were so many other items I could have featured so check them all out on my fav site LaGarconne.com.
So ladies, July is the perfect time to start stocking up on Fall items, that is if you can truly wear them now...I don't know about you, but I need the immediate gratification of being able to don my fab finds ASAP...why wait 4 months if you don't have to!!!