59 posts tagged "3.1 Phillip Lim"
Fly a kite atop a skyscraper? Why not! For Fall ’14, Phillip Lim decided to give his woman a name, and it was Soleil. “She’s a fun and culturally curious woman whose world was somewhere between instant and pop culture,” Lim told Style.com. For his latest campaign, the designer tapped Tilda Lindstam to portray Soleil in all her free-spirited glory. Shot on location in New York by Vincent van de Wijngaard, the heady snaps, which debut exclusively here, depict Lindstam flying to and fro on a swing in the sky and flying a black kite on the roof of a Manhattan building. “It rained all day and it was freezing cold, so we were all wrapped in blankets on this rooftop in the middle of the city—it was quite peculiar but fitting in a way,” recalled Lim. “The swing was specifically designed and constructed on the roof of the building, there were moments that the natural forces took over and the whole swing was swinging off center. It was pretty scary at times—it looked like she was going to swing straight off the edge!”
A continuation of the Spring campaign, Fall’s images center around the concept of freedom. “‘Freedom’ is something that we have always built into our messaging because there is something that speaks to us all in its meaning. The freedom that I am afforded by remaining independent is something that I am really proud of,” explained Lim. And it seems like that freedom is serving the designer well—he’s preparing to celebrate his tenth anniversary next year, and will be opening a new flagship on Soho’s Great Jones Street this September.
The Spring ’15 menswear collections have marched down the catwalk in London, Florence, and Milan, and tomorrow, will kick off in Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Spring ’15 previews is available here.
WHO: 3.1 Phillip Lim
WHEN: Thursday, June 26
WHAT: “Street prep.” —Phillip Lim. The designer sent us a Spring ’15 inspiration image, above.
News broke this morning that 2014 CFDA Womenswear Award nominee and budding master of sensual style Joseph Altuzarra is the latest designer to team up on a capsule with Target. He follows in the footsteps of brands like Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and, most recently, Peter Pilotto. “It just felt like the right moment,” offered Altuzarra when asked why he signed on to create the almost fifty-piece collection of ready-to-wear, lingerie, and accessories, which will hit Target stores, the retailer’s website, and Net-a-Porter on September 14. “I’m so focused on building the Altuzarra universe in the luxury market, but the opportunity to bring my world to a larger audience is really exciting,” added the designer, who secured an investment from Kering last year.
Don’t expect the forthcoming capsule to be a greatest-hits range—Altuzarra thinks that would be downright rude. “I didn’t want this collection to just feel like a rehash of things that we’ve done before. That wouldn’t be fair to the Target customer—almost like I didn’t put any effort into it. And it wouldn’t be fair to the Altuzarra customer who might want to buy something new and interesting that we’re not doing for our own line.” Inspired by a world traveler jetting off to far-flung destinations like Paris, Morocco, Tokyo, and Mongolia, the range will include hyper-tailored peplum jackets, pencil skirts, and trenchcoats, all with special details, like embroidery. “I didn’t want to assume that because we were doing a collection with Target that it suddenly had to be a much less interesting product. The collection has to stand on its own, and it is details, volume, and tailoring that make a piece feel rich and special.” The fabrics, too, will lend a luxury feel to the lineup—satin georgette, Swiss dot, slinky jersey, faux fur and leather, jacquard, velveteen, and stretch twill are used throughout.
Mass-market collaborations have done wonders for many an emerging brand, introducing the labels to an entire new demographic outside of the fashion (and shopping) elite. But still, there is always the question of whether a team-up of this kind can dilute a luxury brand. And though the collection is being produced largely in China, this is not a concern for Altuzarra. “Target contacted us because of what our brand stands for, and they were very encouraging about having us really develop a collection that was respectful of what the Altuzarra brand means,” said the designer. “Now, that doesn’t mean that we didn’t think about who the Target customer is and what she’s looking for, but it was really about bringing that customer into our world. There’s an appreciation for overall good product no matter what market you’re shopping in, and Target and I were on the same page about wanting to produce perfect, uncompromised garments.” Said uncompromised garments will all ring in at less than $100. With that in mind, we bet this collection will appeal to loyal fans and, more important, gain him some new ones.
It’s denim week at Style.com, and between trend reports, editors’ picks, and more, we are covering all the bases for denim lovers everywhere. Phillip Lim, it seems, is one of them. Today, the designer is launching a capsule denim collection. And he’s a longtime fan of the material. “I have always used denim in the collections—it is really intrinsic to the way we dress. Everyone can relate to denim, so I wanted to refashion it for our lifestyle,” the designer told me when asked about the lineup. Lim’s denim capsule collection features twelve styles for a modern wardrobe, like classic trenchcoats, his famous motorcycle jacket, a chic blazer, and tailored pants. “I wanted the cut to be considered, the finish and the details to be thought-out, but most important, to make it appropriate. I like the crispness of the raw denim and how in the right use it can almost take on a whole new purpose. There is something incredibly rich and classic about the deep blue hue of raw denim, too—it’s as classic as black or navy.” The collection is meant to blend in with your everyday wardrobe, and the dark shades Lim loves so much are just what make these pieces look so polished. It’s hard to pick a favorite!
3.1 Phillip Lim denim capsule collection tops, $195; trenchcoats, from $895. For more information, visit 31philliplim.com.
The long and bitter winter we’ve endured has brought out the inner survivalist in we editors at Style.com. And based on the influx of updated utilitarian gear we noticed on the Fall ’14 runways, the extreme conditions got designers thinking more practically, too. Alexander Wang made references to hunting, mountain climbing, and other outdoor sports with his new collection, which featured functional pockets of all sorts. His Brooklyn Navy Yard show was a parade of cargo pants, suede workwear jackets, canteen bags, and efficient shifts featuring individual compartments for Moleskine notebooks, smartphones, lipsticks, and lighters—everything his downtown customer needs to pound the pavement in style. Olivier Rousteing, meanwhile, transported us to a different kind of jungle (one stalked by Amazonian supermodels, no less) with his glam safari-inspired wares at Balmain. Surplus details also turned up at Rag & Bone, Isabel Marant, Acne Studios, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Elsewhere, Tommy Hilfiger put his own all-American spin on the industrial trend by whipping up a series of raw denim pieces and “Marlboro Man” coats that suggested, as he told Style.com, the “real heartland America.”
These fashion-forward riffs on blue-collar uniforms will appeal to girls who’ve been rocking Carhartt jackets lately. At the very least, the spacious pockets will give us reason to forgo a purse. We’ll be ready to drop everything and run when the zombie apocalypse (or the next Polar Vortex) strikes.