Monday Muse: Phillip Lim Goes Boho for Resort 2016

3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2016

3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2016

3.1 Phillip Lim is known for serious downtown cool. The California-bred, NY-based label is more about quirky tailoring than Stevie Nicks-inflected duds. But, things change. And while we wouldn’t say that Lim has embraced fringe, flounce and gauzy maxi dresses just yet, his label has been relaxing the last few seasons, softening house signatures and giving shoppers (Lim loyalists or not) new reasons to check out the brand. For resort, Lim referenced bohemia, but of course, he did it his own way. The result? Clean takes on things that festival fashion fans will recognize, but cool downtown girls can wear even when they’re not jetting off to Coachella, Governors Ball or Outside Lands.

Boho’s touchstones, including eyelet lace, fringe details, bell sleeves and macramé were all present and accounted for, but they weren’t what you’d expect. Fringe was truncated and clean, not free-flowing. Sleeved flared just slightly, but they were also done in chunky knits, not a usual suspect at a desert festival. Knits were a big story for Lim this season. There were chunky, oversized knits that seemed to be unraveling or falling off of the body, showing off slivers of skin and bare shoulders.

3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2016

3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2016

That tension — will it fall off or not? — was also a thread that Lim kept playing with. Jackets and shirting were dynamic, looking like they were in motion. There were plenty of tailored pieces, too, including ankle-flared pants (with the flares slashed to bare ankle) and waistcoats that will have Lim’s most adamant fans looking to layer, but girls who overlooked the line because it just seemed so serious will have more to look at now that Lim’s loosened up.

It was an interesting take on boho, especially now that the world seems to have reached critical mass for fringe, flares and Native American print. Here’s hoping that this more sophisticated take on the trend takes hold elsewhere, because the last thing fashion needs is another visit to this perennial summertime touchstone. Coachella is a weekend festival, not a lifestyle, and this collection showed just how chic festival wear can look when it’s tweaked just a bit and taken out of context. Festival chic? This is it.

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