3.1 Phillip Lim gives us a collection of contrast for spring 2014!
We were all very excited upon the announcement of the 3.1 Phillip Lim masstige line for Target. I have personally have had the website up and my hand on the ‘add to cart’ button for days. You would think us fashionista’s were camping out for black Friday. But after his NYFW Spring 14 RTW show on 9/9/13, I am even more excited. Phillip Lim has a signature design style that is constant throughout the 3.1 Phillip Lim collections over the years. But with each debut the aesthetic is altered or changed by a unique use of cut, tailoring, embroidery, notions, and textiles mixes.
This season we still see the boxy silhouettes, slouchy pants, and oversized outerwear he has been known for in the past. At this year’s Spring RTW show those androgynous design aesthetics are modernized and feminized with add on features. These add-ons came in the form of sheer hemlines, peplums, beaded and sequin details and feminine fabrics. Leather is balanced with organza, encrusted in metallic and patched with organza and knits. We also quench our thirst with beautiful pops of colors in pastels and metallic’s.
One of my favorite pieces is a cap sleeved, A-line shift dress with a sheer organza hem and crystalline dazzling blue embroidery just under the hip line. Other interesting pieces include a sweatshirt made of delicate sheer fabric and that same themed mineralized embellishment, lightweight bomber jackets, and drop waist, slouchy, patchwork trousers. This collection is a mix between menswear as women’s wear, a new take on biker chic, and a displaced femininity. All of the different elements flow together to make boxy slouchy garments feel and look like the epitome of womanhood.
Then there is the element of this line that no one is talking about yet. I get a very strong retro 90’s, high fashion, Manhattan art scene vibe from this line. It mixes the boyish silhouettes and wide cuts, the minimalistic features of some 90’s fashion, and the geometric paper doll cuts we saw in the pop fashions of the decade. All while including this futuristic element of geology/terrestrial themed embellishments and pops of color. We see a return of the bomber as high fashion, textile mixtures that are very similar to 90’s patchwork themes, and the slightly fitted feminized sweatshirt.
Who were your favorite designers this NYFW? Did you like the 3.1 Phillip Lim line? Are you looking forward to shopping his line for Target? Let me know what you think. And wish me luck on making it into this week’s IFB Project on NYFW!!!! *Fingers Crossed*