Phillip Lim makes menswear the focus of an intimate gathering at his West Hollywood boutique
If anyone could convince a guy that a drapey jumpsuit is a wardrobe staple, it’s Phillip Lim. The designer held an event at his Robertson Boulevard store on Tuesday night to showcase his fall/winter 2010 menswear collection to a small crowd including Rachel Bilson, Frankie Rayder, Ryan Kwanten and host Cameron Silver, who donned a black jumpsuit and animal print sneakers from Lim’s line.
Six of Lim’s favorite looks were re-created on models down to the slicked back hair, high-buckled boots and single IWC watch over a black fur-lined glove. Lim had specifically requested the timepiece (a Portuguese Automatic with black alligator strap) for the fall/winter 2010 runway show, and it seemed to be the only item of jewelry used. Utilitarian leather backpacks and thin belts around thick wool coats rounded out the urban-warrior vibe aesthetic the designer was going for.
As the presentation ended, DJ Devendra Banhart started spinning '80s favorites and guests soon began meandering to his set-up in the back of the store. Between the music, the Tuscan-style barbecue full of comfort food (such as ricotta mac-and-cheese, pulled pork sandwiches and homemade pies) and the specialty cocktails, it wasn’t long until a few people began to groove throughout the retail space. For some softer songs, singer Aska played an acoustic set while dressed in look 1 (a.k.a. a red blazer and trousers) from Lim’s spring/summer 2010 women’s show.
“I want everything in here” said one male guest while picking up a pair of lavender linen roll-down waist shorts that hung alongside the rest of the men’s fall collection. Looks like jumpsuits may not be out of the question.
-- Melissa Magsaysay
Upper photo: Six looks from 3.1 Phillip Lim fall/winter 2010 men's collection. Credit: WireImage
Lower photos: (left to right) Phillip Lim, Anthony Kiedis, Frankie Rayder, Rachel Bilson, Ryan Kwanten. Credit: WireImage