September 16, 2013  ·  style

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

Phillip Lim's highly anticipated collaboration with Target launched yesterday and it's a bit slim pickings for grown-ass men—as seems to be par for the course, most of the pieces are targeted (no pun intended) at high-schoolers either through design or the use of cheap, disposable materials. There are a couple of exceptions. The cotton stretch blazers and trousers [$70/$40] are slim styled with enough traditional cues to work as casual summer suiting, having a reasonable length and lapel width. (Note: their model looks sad because they refused to shorten the sleeves for him.) The handsome canvas travel bag [$50] is kind of neat as a fusion of tote and duffel styles; the drawstring closure could be highly practical for someone who needs to pack and unpack frequently. What seemed destined to be the centerpiece of the collection, the khaki trench coat [$80] turned out to be a big disappointment, ruined by black contrast fabric on the belt and epaulets. Wannabe mods looking for a bargain are probably better off with Target's everyday Merona trench [$50].

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