Gardening with Phillip Lim


During 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Spring/Summer ’16 collection presentation, which marked the designer’s 10th anniversary, models strutted amongst enormous mounds of soil, the visual results of a site-specific installation by Maya Lin. The models themselves became the proverbial spring shoots, the maturation of Lim’s elegantly cool urban aesthetic. This metaphor wasn’t lost on Lim, many of whose garments were emblazoned with bold petals and adorned with delicate curlicues of floral patterning. The collection explored Lim’s range, juxtaposing texture and color, combining a mix of marigold yellows and dusky blues, leather, silk, and crochet work.