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Monday Muse: Boudoir Dressing Inspires 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015

For a few seasons now, California-born Phillip Lim has been integrating organic shapes into his clothes. See: geodes, sunshine, shadows, etc. But this year, the designer was literally trapped in his bedroom. His apartment in New York was under renovation and the only habitable room he had was his bedroom. That led to his exploration of the boudoir and all of its trappings, from the quilting and tufting on his mattress to the pattern on his own quilt, and a collection that blended the comforts of home with the cool-girl, downtown style that Lim has honed after years in the business.

€œIt€™s become my sanctuary, my safe haven, and now, my inspiration,€ the designer said backstage before his fashion show. €œThe bedroom is this place where you are, at one time exposed, romantically, and on the other, totally protected, because it€™s private. It€™s very sexy for me this season. And all of the fabrics look like ones you might find in the most beautiful, most feminine boudoir.€

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015

The collection was grounded on cushiony block heels, which looked cozy and textural with the addition of suede and pony. The shoes — along with Lim’s bags — have been building the brand from a ready-to-wear line to a full-fledged collection that’s growing season after season.

The texture that appeared on the shoes appeared on the clothes too, which included robe coats (the bedroom’s take on outerwear, naturally) and flowing tops trimmed with suede and swingy quilting pulled from the brocade on mattresses. Raw edges and sheer panels recalled gauzy drapes and might have been a sly nod to lingerie dressing, which continued to be a major trend on the runways, but always seemed too saccharine for Lim’s downtown gals. Obi belts, which were another item we saw from designers from every Fashion Week, were loosely knotted and the girls walked the runway with behead and their jackets undone just so.

Sensuality came by way of draped pieces, which Lim said were all created on a form and pinned, tucked and folded to create curves and hug the body. Overtly sexy? You’d never get that from a Phillip Lim collection, but peeks of skin here and there were just enough to keep things from appearing too buttoned up. Cocktail dresses were loose and languid, as if the models had just rolled out of bed The last few pieces were inspired by rattan and weaving — it goes without saying that Lim wasn’t holed up in a tiny bedroom, but one furnished with some great pieces — with peeks of bright orange and yellow underneath, as if the afternoon sun was streaming through them. It was a collection that was cool, comfortable and easy. More collections like this one will keep Lim fans happy and earn him plenty of new ones. Finding a groove like that isn’t easy. Let’s just say he’s not sleeping on it.

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Guys are Getting Their Very Own Target Collab

The Target Collective

Menswear has been obsessed with homegrown labels and Americana — especially Made in the USA goods — for years now. But those heritage brand and small batch production labels have often been hard to find, since they’re usually only carried in specialty boutiques and menswear stores. But Target is changing all that. The collab-happy mega store is giving guys a chance to shop some of the biggest names in menswear and men’s accessories with its latest initiative: the Target Collective.

Past collabs have had a few items designed for guys (including the CFDA Neiman Marcus collection a few years ago, which included pieces from Thom Browne and rag & bone, and the Missoni collection as well), but the Target Collective — which launches March 15 — marks the very first time that Target will be releasing a collaboration aimed just at guys. The brands include Iowa’s Locally Grown, San Francisco’s own Taylor Stitch, irreverent stationery brand (and FTD favorite) Terrapin Stationers as well as men’s bag and accessories manufacturers Billykirk, Owen & Fred and Duluth Pack.

€œWhat excites me about this program is that we€™ve curated brands we think our guests will love, and that we€™ve worked with each brand to co-create products specifically with our guests in mind,€ said Kathee Tesija, chief merchandising and supply chain officer at Target.

€œBy exploring innovative partnerships like Target Collective, we€™re bringing newness to our assortment and offering our guests easy access to stylish, well-crafted, quality products they€™ll find only at Target.€

The Target Collective will present Made in the USA goods from the brands, many of which already have cult followings in menswear circles and avid readers of men’s magazines such as GQ and Esquire. The collection includes accessories such as tooled leather belts, bags and travel gear as well as apparel, such as button-up shirts and graphic tees. The collection is priced from $10 to $270, with most pieces coming in under $100.

The Target Collective hits Targets website on March 15. For more information and to shop the Target Collective, visit