We love a classic black-and-white ensemble and always welcome fresh takes on the signature trend. That's why we especially adore the way Mandy Moore injected a pop of color into her look while out in Beverly Hills. The actress showed off her wild side in a 3.1 Phillip Lim top, black skinnies, and stud driving loafers. Then she added an orchid PS1 satchel to punch up her mod style. Take a cue from Mandy by pairing a black-and-white blouse with black denim, embellished Loeffler Randall flats, and a vibrant bag. Colorful accessories make a statement when paired with a black-and-white canvas, so try a variation of styles for endless possibilities.
Phillip Lim showed a bookish, workwear-inspired cool for Fall '12 — some of the models even carried briefcase-style clutches down the runway. The designer offered up tapered trousers, fitted blazers, and his signature slouchy yet structured knits, all playing into a pretty, polished glamour that's perfect for the office. The collection was a refreshing mix of youthfulness (bright pops of colors, sleek pointy-toe loafers, tiny slivers of skin showing) and an underlying note of sophistication (turtlenecks, contoured coats, high-waisted pants), bringing a sweet sartorial dichotomy to the art of Fall layering. Get the details below.
- Trends: Knit blanket coats, subtle geometric prints and colorblocking, perfectly tailored trousers.
- Colors: Black, white, red, bright blue, gray, taupe.
- Key Piece: The wool patchwork coat with turtleneck; the mohair cape with white trousers.
- Accessories: Leather belts, oversized fold-over clutches, metallic ankle booties and T-strap pumps.
- Who Would Wear It: Women who want to look on-trend but professional at the office.
>> Phillip Lim employed the use of some cleverly-placed panels and a little optical trickery for Fall 2012. The designer said he was interested in "using positive and negative space to evoke neo-noir heroines" and to that end, there was plenty of cool duality to be found here. Crisply tailored separates were kept to a strict palette of neutrals and jeweltones, high-contrast textures were used throughout, and a fog machine on the runway gave it all a graphic-novel effect.
Bow-front blouses were in no short supply on runways at Chloé, Yves Saint Laurent, and Marc Jacobs. We fell head over heels for this tie-front top by 3.1 Phillip Lim, and today, we're going to show you three fresh ways to wear it. Whether you’re going out on the town, enjoying the weekend, or heading to lunch, we're about to prove that this citrus blouse is just as easy to style as your basic white button-down. On Allison: Zara skirt, Final Touch Top, Pour La Victoire shoes, JewelMint bracelet
>> Neo-noir comics were the inspiration for Phillip Lim's Pre-Fall 2012 collection, and the designer is offering up accessories — in the form of graphic-art clutches, transparent-paneled Pashli satchels, and superhero zip-booties — to match. Click through to peek those pieces and more, available for pre-order on Moda Operandi now.
>> The best of the new arrivals, all in one place. With the flood of Resort 2012 pieces taking over stores, a few Spring 2012 items trickling in, and all the Holiday 2011 items still lingering about, the shopping options this time of year seem nearly endless. So, which of the just-in pieces are topping our list this week? Think ponyhair pumps from Alexander McQueen, a hyper-floral shift from Erdem, and drool-worthy handbags from 3.1 Phillip Lim — just to name a few. Shop all those, plus more, here in the slideshow.
>> For Pre-Fall 2012, Phillip Lim drew on his lifelong fascination with neo-noir comics like Sin City, Superman, and V for Vendetta. While the inspiration was taken literally in the graphic KA-POW-emblazoned sweaters and clutches, it also moved in more subtle directions: "Everyone wants garments to be superheroes," Lim explained. "This 'fill in the blank' should save your day, your week, your year." Thus, the collection is full of "clothes that adapt to the lifestyle of the modern woman," in the designer's words, including reversible puffer jackets and blazers and skirts with zippers that adjust their proportions.
Smoldering Stares and Safaris — Backstage at Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Michael Kors, and Anna Sui
>> Energy was still high backstage on the second-to-last day of New York Fashion Week. Lindsey Wixson did a Lolita impression at Anna Sui (left); Frida Gustavsson pulled off a Marilyn Monroe moment in her leopard and feather dress at Michael Kors; and everyone gave their best smoldering stare backstage at Proenza Schouler. See those snaps — and more from backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Anna Sui — in the slideshow.
Photo: Greg Kessler
Phillip Lim's Spring 2012 collection was built around the ideas of geometry, activewear, and kites. Yes, those wispy things we send up to the sky inspired Lim's soft, flowing clothes, many of which ruffled and moved with the slightest breeze. There was lots of silk, from side-slit trousers to delicate dresses with geometric ruffles. There were sporty pieces as well, including tops that looked like they had been cut from a thin rubber (more chic than it sounds), micro twill utility vests, and a bonded leather round collar jacket. The trousers will be a must have next season, done in soft colors like limoncello and lavender for ultimate breezy style. So, too, will be the metallic silver sandals that look so insanely good with Lim's pastel-hued offerings.
- Trends: Sporty, structural shapes, pastels, vests.
- Colors: Soft pastels like limoncello, lilac, and shell pink; tempered with black, ivory, and pecan.
- Key Piece: The side-slit trousers, a black racerback maxi vest paired with slouchy pecan-hued trousers, the shell pink bonded leather jacket, a deceptively simple, but perfect, black halter minidress that floated around the body.
- Accessories: The silver Domina and Nishi sandals are gorgeous.
- Who Would Wear It: The effortless, downtown chic girls loved by Lim — from fashion bloggers like Hanneli to red-carpet stars like Leighton Meester and Rachel Bilson.
>> After a few rocky minutes of silence — and waiting for all the photographers to take their places — the audience at Phillip Lim's Spring 2012 show was ready to see some action. Instead, they got serenity in the shape of light-as-air separates and sherbet hues. Lim played with "free form" this season, employing weightless materials and geometric cuts to explore the spirit of kites in motion. On relaxed tops and dresses, fabric was left free at the seams where it caught air and floated away from the body, wing-like. On jackets and vests, the motif manifested in asymmetric folds, simple deconstruction, and fabrics in countering weights.