Runway Recap: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2012


Inspiration: Sophisticated tailoring and playful comic-strip graphics hardly sound like a match made in heaven, but this is exactly the winning combination behind the 3.1 Phillip Lim pre-fall collection and, crazy though it sounds, it totally works.

Top Trends: Razor sharp tailored pieces were a significant feature within the collection as was a bold use of colour blocking. These trends combined to provide a super sleek, minimalist approach which was then juxtaposed with the colourful comic pieces.

Accessories: Shoe boots with pointed toes, metallic sandals, skinny leather belts and handheld totes and clutches were used to accessorise looks.  The key was subtlety to avoid detracting from the impressive cuts and silhouettes of the garments.

Favourite Looks: The appeal of the impeccably cut grey coat with deep v-neck paired with the comic strip clutch lies in its very simplicity.  The leather and suede long-sleeved tee with knee length camel coloured skirt is a perfect ‘edgy yet prim’ look.

Thoughts: For pre-fall 2012 Lim has produced a collection which, although not breaking boundaries, plays up to his impressive strengths, the most noteworthy being his well-executed tailoring.  The comic graphics add a much needed youthfulness which also brings the pieces bang up to date for 2012.  This collection gave an exciting glimpse of a direction which Lim will hopefully explore further with the fall season.

Most Wanted: January 2012

Style Crush: Nicole Richie