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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!

Wedgewood Top w/ Multi Brief | 3.1 Phillip Lim Initials
Nude Romper | 3.1 Phillip Lim Initials

Remember a few months ago when I discussed 3.1 Phillip Lim’s foray into lingerie with the launch of his line Initials? Boy, summer really did fly by. Sigh.

Though some of you will mourn the end of summer, surprisingly, 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Initials fall collection is a far cry from the dark and moody styles we’ve already seen from other premium labels like Blush and Lascivious.

Included within the collection are styles in fall-like emerald tones as well as classic black, but many of the pieces have a light, romantic quality offered in neutral hues.

Lim’s more lingerie-like styles — bralettes and slips — find a place among the introduction of loungewear this year. And, staying true to Lim’s aesthetic, the Initials collection features many pieces that can be worn outside of the house.

The nude harem pants, for instance, could easily transition into daywear with the addition of a military jacket and lace-up wedge booties. And doesn’t his long sweater in smoke look ridiculously comfy? It’s the perfect length to throw over a pair of leather leggings or skinny jeans.

Similar to his last collection, Lim includes the signature feminine aesthetic that he has become known for, and which has spurred a devoted cult following.

Beautiful Monet-like florals adorn silk teddies, bralettes and slips, while girly ruffles trim the hem of tap shorts, camisoles and a sumptuous raspberry-hued silk slip. One stand-out piece is the nude silk ruched  tank-style slip. Only a few prints and embellishments accent the otherwise color-blocked collection.

If you can’t swing a trip down south next February, slipping into something from Lim’s Initials collection will undoubtedly chase away those winter blues.

Visit 3.1philliplim.com to find online stockists or locate the nearest retailer. Meantime, check out the images below from the new Initials collection.

Phillip Lim Launches Lingerie Line
Posted by melanie | April 2, 2010
'Initials' kiwi slip, by 3.1 Phillip Lim
'Initials' midnight bralette with salmon bottom, by 3.1 Phillip Lim

This news is bound to get you die-hard fashion addicts excited! Phillip Lim, of his eponymous line 3.1 Phillip Lim, is launching his lingerie collection worldwide, called Initials, for Spring 2010.

The decision to expand his brand comes after the positive reception of his swimwear and lingerie line last spring. What’s more is that the collection conveniently debuts with the major spring trend of lingerie dressing.

According to Phillip Lim, the name for his collection refers to the initial layers that women put on daily and which provide a beautiful foundation for everything else. And, the pieces in his collection are beautiful foundations; tap shorts, negligees and lacy chemises, with feminine detailing like ruffles and bows.  What’s more is that the bras, negligees and loungewear can be worn both in and out of the bedroom.

My reaction to Lim’s Initials collection is like that of Rachel Zoe, stylist extroardinaire: “I die!” I must get my hands on some of his pieces!

The line is currently available at 3.1 Phillip Lim stores, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Harvey Nichols. The pieces range in price from $75 to $225.