3.1 Phillip Lim

September 15 2008, 8:59 AM

The Gist: Lim's all-American sportswear takes off for Spain this season. Featuring: Lim takes a muted palette and works a modern interpretation on matador vests, ruffles, embroidery, crochet work, and fringe. His well-cut dresses, jackets, and mini-skirts beautifully mix this season's--and his theme's--feminine elements with a downtown edge. Great examples are a softly pleated dress that cascades into a skirt of fringe and a mini-dress with ruffles, both topped with little leather jackets. A sequined finale--a dress paired with a bolero, as well as separates combined with cropped trousers and blouses--complete Lim's trip to the Iberian peninsula. The "It" Factor For Denver:

The beauty of Lim's collection is that his design is never too literal, which makes his jackets and dresses easy wardrobe additions instead of costume numbers. Look For It Next Spring At: MAX, 3039 East Third Avenue, 303-321-4949; and Nordstrom, Cherry Creek Mall, 2810 East First Avenue, 720-746-2424.

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