Musing: 3.1 Phillip Lim

In designer, New York, style, Trend, Trend Report on February 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I’ve always liked 3.1 Phillip Lim from afar. It was never really me, but there was something about it that reminded me of – as stereotypical as it sounds – those super-stylish Asian girls walking hand-in-hand along Toronto’s city streets. And it makes sense, considering, well, who the designer is. I never followed up though I did skim occasionally because there was something about it that went against the grain. Now, however, I see a blatant mainstream appeal with a bit of traditionalism. It’s refreshing.

Compared to the heavy British themes on the runways, Lim’s Americana reference was in a league of its own. This is important considering New York aims to be the home for nurturing new and fresh concepts. Apparently. But with the except for a few, I didn’t really see it. Which makes Lim a bit of a goldmine. It was hard to tell what inspired him directly, though. One minute it’s green – the colour of money, then there’s bikers, then it almost looks like good ‘ole American baseball. Which is well and good, but a lack of specific focus seems to get in the way. Overall, the collection was creative. The leather sleeves were, in my opinion, a standout, along with those coats. Those coats.

I have to say, after this collection, especially when it comes to New York Fashion Week, he may be one to pay closer attention to.

Shout out to for providing the images and video.

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