New York Fashion Week: Phillip Lim builds a biker babe
Posted February 12, 2013
Wanna join a biker gang? Well, designer Phillip Lim has a few openings left in his tribe of chic racers. He showed his highly wearable 3.1 Phillip Lim collection, which was stocked with jackets, quilted coats, sexy over-the-knee boot/sandals and angora separates that channeled an on-trend racer chick.
And where there are bikers, there is plenty of leather as evidenced by Lim's seeming love affair with the material, showing up on shirts, pants, jackets and skirts in shades like cognac, fog and black.
"What's so interesting about that type of leather is with technology, what you see is what you really don't get, because you see such a strong stance, but it's light as a feather," he explained after the show. "All those coats are felted wool, but they're peeled to within a centimeter of their lives and then bonded back onto neoprene. So they flowed and were just this really beautiful presence."
The standout accessory that show-watchers couldn't stop buzzing about were the boot-sandal hybrid. "Those rider boots are like evening sandals at the same time. I think today's life is like we're so multi-faceted, you actually need things that will get you along," Lim said.
To close the show, Lim presented a light denim patchwork racer suit that was adorned with Girls Scout-esque badges all over.
"The badges are like a visual narrative of the character," he offered. "All those badges we made up, and they're very personal; my lucky number, my dog's birthday, the number of the brand. Tongue-in-cheek basically."
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