by Nikki Ogunnaike
courtesy of TargetWhen Amy wrote back in May that Phillip Lim and Target were coming together for the big-box brands latest designer collaboration, you guys were hardly impressed. In fact, Boo27 went as far as to say, "More overpriced stuff that I will wait for on the clearance racks." Well, guys, I've seen the collection, and trust me, if you wait you're going to be incredibly mad at yourself for doing so. I had to the opportunity to chat with Phillip, check out the wares, feel the different materials, and it's good. Read on to learn more.
GLAMOUR: Tell me about your favorite part of working on this collection.
PHILLIP LIM: My favorite part of working on this collection was also the hardest part, which was the challenge of making a modern-day capsule wardrobe that actually addresses real needs but at the same time imparted desire. You know what I mean? Because that's hard to do. I can throw glitter on everything [ed note: I interviewed him in Phillip Lim gold sequined shorts], but the truth is we can't always live in glitter 24-7 as much as I would love to. It was really like, OK, what are the codes, the modern-day codes. And that was the big challenge actually, to actually push further, push a huge entity like Target to actually push back [on me] and actually make sophisticated clothes that didn't require just glitter.
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GLAMOUR: If you had to name key pieces for a woman to pick from the collection, what would they be?
PHILLIP LIM: The trench, it's amazing. Just because of the fabric itself. It's a bonded poplin, you know it's crisp and modern but at the same time, the color combination is great. And the cut is phenomenal. Sharp, slim, classic, and modern. These trousers are great. A nice bourjois blue in a nice pencil cut. I also love the black and white all-in-one pleated piece that you can wear like a tunic or a short dress. One more thing, these, these grab-and-gos. They're packs made for boys and girls and girls get a riff on lingerie, but playful kind of underpinnings that you can mix and match. And boys get a T-shirt, boxer briefs, and socks that all match.
GLAMOUR: Is there anything from the men's collection you think a woman could make her own?
PHILLIP: You know, it's not fair because women can wear anything [laughs]. I love this oversize gray sweater. You can wear it with tights and heels or flats. You know, it's cozy but also like your boyfriend's.
GLAMOUR: Why don't we talk fall trends for a little bit. Tell me what you're loving to see women in this fall.
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PHILLIP: It's been a long time coming for demure [clothes]. A little more buttoned-up, taking it back to real fall dressing. Not transitional or like noncommittal. I love the idea of seeing someone coming down the street and it's a commitment to real autumnal dressing.
GLAMOUR: So a great button-down or nice sweater?
PHILLIP: Yeah, a nice sweater, hosiery, beautiful jackets, beautiful coats, you know? I think in today's fashion everything is so throwaway, it's like Friday-night coats. And I'm sorry, that can't fly. That doesn't pass. Invest in a beautiful camel coat, beautiful navy coat. Even a simple nice tailored suit.
GLAMOUR: Agreed! Last question, Fashion Week is upon us. Can you give us a little sneak peek or tell us anything about your upcoming collection?
PHILLIP: Oh, gosh. It's very soulful. In a way where we're reducing it back down to what is important.
Enticed? Set five alarms because the collection goes on sale September 15 and you don't want to miss out!
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by Nikki Ogunnaike