There is something about the way Phillip Lim presents his 3.1 collection that has us rooting for him every time. While he may not be the most prominent of designers to take to the New York Fashion Week stage, he is by far one of the most reality driven of them all, with a penchant for pulling off balancing acts in the fashion world, creating pieces and outfits that are both relevant to society as a whole and entirely stylish, relevant to the fashion trends of the year. His fall motto is “life as your stage” and it appears that the American designer rather enjoys an almost Shakespearean love for all thing comfortably staged.
His pieces allow an individual to change her personality with her clothing, taking the world by storm as she is able to camouflage into society or stick out like a sore thumb, whichever may meet her fancy most at the moment. He is married to reality really, with hashtags like #bepresent and #romancingreality becoming his go-to slogans on social media. It makes sense when you look at the 3.1 Phillip Lim fall/winter 2016-2017 ready to wear collection at least. The whole thing appears to be very much grounded in reality.
This particular line-up seems to be made for women with a creative mind and a professional lifestyle, those who enjoy showing off their quirks and individual personalities but also head off to work, looking as wonderful as always. While the pieces are not conventional, that is not what Phillip Lim wants either. It is a modern sort of woman who is comfortable in her own skin, who is the customer of 3.1 Phillip Lim, a woman in charge of all aspects of her own life.
There is a feminist twist to the collection and the designer himself states that the scene being portrayed is that of “Lady bosses running through the streets of Shinjiku in Tokyo.” There is quite a bit of Japanese to be found here, with a feel of rugged military terrain and a cross between the masculine and the feminine struggling to really capture both genres. We see everything from Japanese ripstop coated jackets to slinky pleated gold tube skirts, nip-waist blazers and front-zip track pants cut from the Prince of Wales check, another common feature for the fall and winter seasons.
The feel is that of comfort and polish all at once and while many of the pieces are not for us personally, we can certainly see ourselves traipsing around in the embellished chenille socks or the pretty miniskirts in khaki. The color scheme also seemed to follow the earthy flavors, bringing in brick red and burnt orange, grey and taupe and black and green, moss and khaki reigning supreme there. We do see some scarlet, blue and bright pink, but otherwise, it is the earth we seem to be looking at. That scarlet pair of velvet sweatpants with the matching cropped top is certainly on our to buy list though!
Photos courtesy of Vogue