3.1 Phillip Lim Is Full Of Monochromatic Drive For Fall

Looks from 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2012 at New York Fashion Week.
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From voluminous plumes of smoke and the thumping momentum of the Drive soundtrack to silver collars and flashes of pixilated teal, the fall 2012 3.1 Phillip Lim show was a spectacle of monochromatic noir. The mood in the room was intense to begin with. For one, it was super warm and the phalanx of fash-photogs was not too happy about the fact that smoke machines would diffuse their usually pristine photographic view. Still, front row indie music lovelies like Oh Land and Annie Clark of St. Vincent filed in ready to behold a collection depicting a modern heroine dressed “with a strength that belies her innate vulnerability,” as it was described in the show’s notes. What Lim delivered for fall was a diverse set of primarily black and white separates with focused structure, figure-enveloping drama, and overt pops of green and orange. To put it succinctly, these are clothes for a somber badass—aka the female equivalent to Ryan Gosling.

Looks from 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2012 at New York Fashion Week.
Photo: Getty Images

If you’re not already aware, Gosling is an über fan of Lim’s leather jackets. He even asked the designer to make him a gray version of his favorite leather bomber. With that knowledge, and the fact that Lim chose music from the Drive soundtrack, AND with the addition of smoke that mimicked ghost-like car exhaust, we have a feeling the inspiration for the collection came from the film. It was a cohesive collection, and VERY serious, much like Lim’s men’s collection shown earlier this year. We shivered for all of the wool coats, which were slightly oversized and dramatic in structure. There was a surprising amount of tapered pants and a few pairs of paper bag-waisted trousers that were belted with thick, translucent, too-long belts tied in loops. All in all, the accessories were killer, and we have our eyes on a clear origami clutch (aka #TheBest). Lest you think it was all hard-core minimalism, there were also yummy snuggly sweaters, erudite silver collars, gauzy pants and midi skirts, leather tops with subtle peplums, and to-die black rockabilly jackets. Wait, did we forget to mention pointy-toed shoes for days and a completely NECESSARY pair of brushed gold booties? Slick.

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