Phillip Lim is the latest designer to offer up his Spring 2013 bags for preorder — and the pieces on offer couldn't be more exciting. The collection brought eye-catching updates to the brand's most iconic bags — like the popular Pashli satchel and a new drawstring bucket bag — in a colorful, floral digital print. Adding to his Spring lineup were sleek crossbodies and a black leather duffle with hardware-clad corners, which are sure to stand up to the heavy-duty use they are sure to be put through. Slated to ship in January, all of the bags are available right now on Moda Operandi.
The beauty of Fashion Week is that it gives us a glimpse into what we'll be buying, wearing, and lusting after six months from now. But sometimes the looks we see on the runway are just too good to wait around for. We're taking one of those ensembles — a '90s-inspired, grunge-cool look from 3.1 Phillip Lim — and styling it up with similar pieces for maximum Fall appeal. The look centers around a pair of slouchy printed trousers, which get a dose of eclectic cool when you add a plaid button-down (similar to the feeling of Lim's mixed-pattern top). Bring the look together with a black leather motorcycle jacket and sexy mesh ankle booties. Now you've got a great, runway-ready look that's perfect for a night out with the girls.
From the expert tailoring to the perfect shade of forest green to the cool zipper detailing, we've found the perfect Fall coat in 3.1 Phillip Lim's Moto Cross Fleece Jacket ($895). No, it's not cheap, but the sheer versatility makes it worth the investment; pair it with a feminine lace dress and ankle boots for a transitional Fall look, with leather jeans and a tunic for layered perfection, or with slouchy black trousers and a silky button-down blouse for a chic work ensemble. The styling options are limitless, and to prove our point, here are three more ways to wear Phillip Lim's cozy-cool moto jacket. See and shop the looks now.
The 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2013 collection was a veritable mixed bag. The designer showed quirky, cool, '90s-inspired pieces that were equal parts Blossom and My So-Called Life, with a dash of Clarissa Explains It All thrown in. It definitely got us excited to inject some grunge-cool pieces into our Spring wardrobes. Watch the entire show now, and let us know what you think of the collection in the comments!
'90s grunge might be one thing we weren't expecting from Phillip Lim's Spring 2013 collection, which is why it was that much cooler. Everything you Generation X and Y'ers loved — all things plaid, slouchy pants and crop tops, denim — was "recut" by Lim to feel modern, a little bit rebellious, but taken in pieces, totally chic. Winning the totally chic test were his fitted moto jackets done in corded silk and pretty floral prints. Check out all the pictures from the 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2013 collection, and come back soon for our full review.
My my, hey hey; rock 'n' roll is here to stay — or at least it is for the posse of bed-headed grunge girls that Phillip Lim sent down his Spring 2013 runway. To a melancholy rendition of Neil Young's "Into the Black" by Chromatics, they drifted by — hands in pockets, eyes smudged with kohl — like old-school Courtney Loves headed into the daylight after a really good night. But where the Courtney Love of 1994 reveled in her ripped-up tights and tattered toddler dresses, these girls were undone in a modern way that could only be pure Lim.
The designer's starting point, the show notes said, was the literary "cut-up" technique employed by '50s poets and '90s musicians — the act of creating something and then literally cutting it up and putting it back together into something new. Thus, there was an artful, pieced quality to the slouchy layers and mixed-up prints on offer: an overall dress, for example, was sliced and inset with chiffon, while one gorgeous raspberry biker jacket had a second zippered underlayer that made for a cool trompe l'oeil effect.
Emma Roberts grabbed breakfast at Oaks Gourmet in LA wearing a dark and moody ensemble, whose center of attention was a printed skater skirt. The actress then threw on a bunch of black accoutrements: a scoop tank, wooden platform ankle booties, Elizabeth and James Crescent cat-eye sunglasses, and this 3.1 Phillip Lim mini Pashli satchel ($650). Although Emma rocked this look during the day, it would look just as appropriate for a nighttime affair. Just match your printed skirt with black accessories, and don't forget an adorable mini purse like Emma's Phillip Lim.
We're always looking to celebrities for new color combinations, and Hollywood's latest obsession is orange with green. The shades vary from shocking orange and neon green to mint green and softer orange. Jessica Chastain opted to pair a bright-green dress with equally standout orange pumps in NYC, Eva Mendes sported a bright-orange Phillip Lim dress with a mint-colored Rebecca Minkoff bag in LA, and Taylor Schilling sported her green printed Madewell dress with a bold orange clutch at a party in LA. Check out these celebs and a couple more rocking orange with green, then shop your favorite looks for yourself.
Don't let a burst of color or a tricky print get in the way of your personal style. To set you on the path of graphic-printed t-shirt righteousness, we've outfitted this bold comic-inspired 3.1 Phillip Lim tee ($175) five unique ways. If you've got a more polished 9-to-5 dress code, add a black leather pencil skirt, slick ankle-strap sandals, and statement jewelry to the mix. If you're more of a laid-back kind of girl, play up the bright hues in the shirt via a navy-blue blazer, neon-yellow shoulder bag, and classic white Chucks. We've thought of everything, even catering to an ethereal blend of flowy chiffon and mixed metallics for the ultrafeminine style setter. Click through for our take — five ways — on this season's vibrant printed t-shirt, and then shop the look that makes this quirky piece work for you.
For Resort 2013, Phillip Lim looked not to exotic beach locales or sun-drenched vacation destinations. Instead, the designer — and recent CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear winner — found inspiration much closer to home. "I was sitting in my garden, watching the blooms come out," Lim said. The resulting collection is a breezy mix of Lim's signature functionality and cool modernity — covered in a smattering of lush floral prints. "Flutility," Lim explained. "It's about adding blooms to utilitarian forms." But it's not all roses and hydrangeas: the designer also looked to city maps and aerial urban views for design cues, and thus there are graphic grid prints, laminated skins, and lots of slick black leather to temper all the sweetness.