From every vantage point, white flags lined the stage. Surrender? Is that what Phillip Lim was thinking when he designed the spring summer 2016 collection? Possibly. He has been quoted as saying this is his “version of the new America”, and by looking at the collection, it is apparent that he created a bit of a blank canvas with a lot of potential, i.e., a great image of what America should be.
The show kicked off with an athletic, blue, monochromatic look that could make any man feel like the coolest guy on earth. This model truly set the tone for the collection, wearing a hooded utilitarian jacket and perfectly cut pants. Throughout the show, Lim also included multi-pocket utility outerwear, athletic double breasted jackets and pajama looks. The slouchy silhouettes of the shirts, vests and pants celebrate the idea of comfort dressing in a sporty chic way. This collection is a combination of masculine pieces with soft edges.
Printed oversized tops were layered over striped, belted pants paired with sneakers, while Bermuda shorts were worn with a tailored double breasted jacket or an athletic-cut coat bearing this season’s signature stripes. Variations of blue, grey, gold, and white made up the soft hues in the collection with a number of key pieces bearing stripes from high waist pants to a jumpsuit. With a continued focus on jumpsuits, Lim also sent an all white one down the runway, making it almost “saintly” instead of criminal.
To say this is a very easy and comfortable collection to wear is an understatement. The materials felt luxurious but also ideal for street wear.