37 posts tagged "3.1 Phillip Lim"
Designers have always had an affinity for punk rock and the elements that define its style, studs being a main component. Recall Burberry Prorsum’s “heavy metal” Spring 2011 collection, with moto jackets and trenchcoats covered in studs. And who can forget Christian Louboutin’s famous studded smoking slippers, a street-style phenomenon that’s still going strong. Here, we’ve rounded up six new standout studded pieces, from Valentino Rockstud sandals to Topshop cutoffs, to refresh your look.
1. Topshop studded shorts, $70, available at www.topshop.com
2. 3.1 Phillip Lim studded tunic, $593, available at www.farfetch.com
3. Versace bracelet, $412.50, available at www.netaporter.com
4. Christian Louboutin Artemis bag, $1,095, available at www.neimanmarcus.com
5. Valentino sandal, $829, available at www.farfetch.com
6. Low Luv knuckle ring, $80, available at www.saksfifthavenue.com
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With the exception of Cinderella, Lucite and Perspex shoes used to be associated with exotic dancers. But in the past few seasons, clear accessories have lost their lowbrow associations. During NYFW, we noticed oversize vinyl clutches at 3.1 Phillip Lim and were transfixed by Rodarte‘s footwear with sand art stripes decorating the Plexiglas platforms. Karl Lagerfeld, too, is lately making a case for the transparent trend. At the Chanel Cruise presentation earlier this week in Versailles, he styled his models with plastic cross-body bags and matching cuff bracelets, while on the Chanel Fall runway, every look came paired with geode-inspired d’Orsay pumps featuring see-through cylinder heels. And PVC isn’t just for the runways. Charlotte Dellal is frequently spotted carrying one of her crystalline clutches, and during the shows, Tommy Ton snapped Shala Monroque dodging the rain in an embellished Prada bucket hat from Spring 2010.
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For a relatively young company, 3.1 Phillip Lim is growing fast. The label currently has six stores worldwide, and an Asian expansion plan is on the horizon. By 2016, there are plans to open 15 more stores in China alone. But today, one of his top stores reopens with a new and improved design: the online flagship at 31philliplim.com.
“We really wanted to merge the brand experience with the online shopping experience seamlessly—so the site has surprise content, a personalized touch with the dressing room, and ’3.1 World’ so that guests can really get an insight into what we do and where it comes from,” Lim tells Style.com. “It’s quite daunting as it is the first time we have opened up in this way.”
The 3.1 World section now includes photos and video from behind the scenes at the company, including an extensive archive of images by Lim’s longtime collaborator, But Sou Lai. A new 3.1 Tumblr is integrated into the site, offering a digital inspiration board for the designers and customers alike. (A Pinterest account is also in the works.) And in the shopping section, a new “dressing room” feature uses customer picks to suggest similar items, in effect mimicking what a personal shopper might do in-store. “We really want to try and bring the in-store experience online,” Lim explains.
Lim, who lists NYTimes.com, Style.com, and NYMag.com as his daily reads and TheCorner.com and LN-CC.com as his favorite e-tailers, promises that the new site, developed by Tony King‘s King & Partners, will keep visitors coming back. “There will be special product and online exclusives,” he says. “It has taken us some time to get online in this way, but the reason is that I am a classicist and I wanted to get it right. The right way is not always the fast way.” Not even on the Internet.
However you sketch it, 2011 was a blockbuster year for novelty prints. The illustrated craze kicked off with Prada’s chimps and stayed strong with Riccardo Tisci’s fierce Rottweilers and sleek jaguars prowling the street-style blogs. Designers have continued to ratchet up the kitsch factor with their latest collections. Dolce & Gabbana sent looks plucked fresh from an Italian garden down the runway in September, while Miuccia Prada stamped her fifties-inspired clothes for Spring with vintage cars. Recently, we’ve noticed a cartoon trend on the rise. Andrea Dellal wore a comic strip sheath to Art Basel, and Phillip Lim’s pre-fall lineup featured pieces with phrases like “KA-BAM!” pulled from graphic novels.
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Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to change outfits—or handbags—in between business meetings, dentist appointments, the gym, and that cocktail party you have to swing by. Phillip Lim has come up with a solution—the 31 Hour bag collection ($295 to $895).
“The idea was to create a bag for the 31 Hour person—someone who leads an interesting, busy, and demanding life,” Lim told Style.com of the napa leather tote and the zip-close portfolio-cum-clutch you can slip inside. “The main thing for me was to make it multifunctional and pragmatic, something that could transition with you throughout the day and not define what you are doing or where you are going.” We’re guessing we’ll be seeing lots of these around Lincoln Center come fashion week in February. Until then, you can watch the bag in motion in this exclusive video (above).