The beauty of a new year is the feeling of starting over, afresh, having a blank canvas at your disposition and a clear mind…LET’S STOP RIGHT THERE. I don’t know about you but my „clear mind“ resembles much more my kitchen after a very successful party than the supposed zen-space. So, with all these ideas, tasks and deadlines, crying for my attention, where am I supposed to start?
Maybe with the 3.1 Phillip 2013 holidays collection and more specifically with the two looks above. The styling (loose T, tucked in hair) is flawless and both jackets are matching my idea of perfect wardrobe staples. But there is more: surprisingly I am finding myself relenting to the idea of wide legged trousers and not any white legged trousers, ladies and gentlemen: white wide legged trousers which are luxuriously touching the ground. A sure nightmare for the hard reality of daily life and a city where a clear coat barely survives two weeks without a visit to the cleaner. Now, add the close relationship between the hem and the floor to the equation…On the other hand there is this perfect silhouette created through the contrast of this unpractical item and the short and beautifully constructed leather jacket. I suppose that the magic of fashion consists in our ability to put the bespoken issues to the very back of our mind or at least relativize them. The dry cleaner is around the corner right?
Images: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Phillip Lim mentioned „girlfriends of bikers“ as the inspiration of his 2013 fall collection. Leather pieces? Check! Sweatshirts? Check! Denim and patches? Check! So yes, the resulting looks are definitely bringing a biker attitude across. Now, I’m not a fan of every single piece in this collection, but what I do like is the layering (big surprise!) and the colour combinations in the pictures above.
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Images: 3.1 Phillip Lim [style.com]
Time management issues? Obviously. Seriously. I’m really struggling right now with all the things that have to be done. Correction: All the things that I want to be done. There is a clear difference, as an acquiantance of mine told me recently. I would say that will make for a great topic for one of the next posts. One that we can explore together. What do you think? Let’s steer our mind towards something more light and pleasant: last fashion week. Some time has passed since the last show and after all the impressions have found a cosy place in my mind, I would like to share some of my favourites with you.
What if I would mention the word „kite“ and say that it was the main inspiration behind an entire collection? Would you cringe a little? If this is the case, be assured, I would be entirely with you. The prospect of a litteral translation is not that far away and all the images that are taking form in our minds gravitate toward something really cheap if not really scary. But what would it look and feel like if the translation happened to be just right? What if a designer managed to choose just the right amount of hints and bring the feeling alive through just the right amount of details? The answer can be found in the 3.1. Phillip Lim collection.
Seeing the pieces leads to all kind of thoughts popping up simultaneously. The lightweight fabric and its movement. The ribbons which flow gently in the air. The gentle colour palette and the layering. The minimalistic approach and the comfortable appeal. Then, you focus on one item at a time, the trousers, for example. You notice that their fit is a little bit on the slouchy side, and that the usual hem is replaced by track-pant vents. Yet they are still elegant and work appropriate. Then it hits you: „I could wear that. I really want to wear that.“ And that’s when you know, that Phillip Lim has done everything right.
Images: 3.1. Phillip Lim spring 2012 [style.com]