Many women (and men) rely on 3.1 Phillip Lim for easy-to-wear but polished-enough clothing and accessories, pieces that are both comfortable and just edgy enough.
This season, the namesake designer turned to footwear to demonstrate that tenet, on Monday showing mostly flat sandals that provided that mix of comfort and edginess.
Using a basic color palette of black, white and metallic, Lim showed a range of simple flat sandals and slides. Most of the styles had a thick sole and black leather straps comprising a slide strap along the toe, a toe wrap and a cross strap around the ankle, though there were variations on the silhouette, some strappier than others. There was also a ballet flat in silver metallic and another in white with a crossover ankle strap.
The shoes were paired with ready-to-wear that was also mostly simple in color (black, white, silver, with some tan and neutrals), though the standout pieces were done in a black and yellow bumblebee or black and white abstract cherry print, including a maxi shirtdress and a few retro prints toward the finale that resembled ’70s wallpaper.
Though the designer is better known in the accessories market for his handbags, Lim still has a sizable footwear business, and his simple but chic sandals may become an easy staple come spring.