New York designer Phillip Lim‘s eponymous label has grown so rapidly in the past few years that one might have expected to see a dilution in quality, or at least creativity, especially where new projects like his Initials lingerie and loungewear collection were concerned.
But just a glance at the the spring 2011 range from Initials — the third season for this line — blows those doubts away like a warm spring breeze.
This is an exceptionally lovely assortment of soft daywear pieces for stay-at-home Sunday mornings. I don’t know if we’re entering a new age of urban cocooning, but if not, this collection gives us plenty of reasons to stay indoors for a while.
There are 18 looks in the new Initials range, with a mix-and-match assortment of tanks and camis, supple cardigans and dreamy slips, and some barely-there bralettes and shorts. The aesthetic is simple, effortless urban chic; the cuts are generous but not flouncy and every piece just sighs comfort.
The 2011 Initials line also marks a change in style direction for Lim, who in his previous lingerie collections married chic comfort with a broad palette that included floral prints, dark colorways and some a few bold attention-demanding primary shades.
This time he’s toned it all down and delivered what might be the season’s softest palette. The images above include the shorts (top left) and tank (bottom right) in a sweet milk shade, a stylish slip skirt in lavender, and (top left) a romper in a hue called picholine — the subtlest shade of olive you’ll probably ever see.
Look for lots of antique white and baby peach shades through the range, with a few pieces in indigo or crisp black to add a bit of comfort.
You’ll be able to find all this at Barney’s and Net-a-Porter and many other shops. First, have a look at some more images from the 2011 3.1 Phillip Lim Initials line, and sigh before you buy!