May 29, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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Iâ€™ve never had a hankering for the military life. As a result, Iâ€™ve never known the stomach pain that comes with prepping for battle, never considered the best plan of attack, and certainly never tasted sweet victory after a perfectly executed fight. All that changed today, when 3.1. phillip limâ€™s collection for Uniqlo made its debut and I went into kamikaze mode after waiting in line for 45 minutes, bought way more than I had been planning to and left feeling like I had won a war. Part of the Japanese mega-storeâ€™s Designer Invitation project, this limited edition line marks 3.1 phillip limâ€™s joining the ranks of designers willing to knock themselves off for mass consumption a la Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler. The difference? The clothes are surprisingly high quality, from the fabrics (cotton, linen) to the zippers (not ugly!) to the buttons (you get an extra one!). In a palette of white, black, grey, green and navy, Phillip Lim managed to take his simple aesthetic from the runway straight to your brightly lit dressing room, with a head-spinning amount of success. Drawing from both his Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter collections, these are items meant to be mixed and matched. If you can get your hands on it (the Soho store sold out by 11AM), grab a Perfect Black Dress (I did!). Maybe pair a green jersey trapeze dress with a navy vest, or perhaps high-waist plaid skirts and pocket tees are more your scene. I canâ€™t say a bad thing about this collection (for once) and I seriously wanted to buy everything. From the depleted racks I saw on the way out while protectively clutching my new battle-gear, I donâ€™t think I was alone in the fight.
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