The Bikeriders, a photography book by Danny Lyon inspired in the wild life of Harley Davidson’s bad guys and their bad women, is one of the keys to understand 3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall collection. Even though the shape of some of the jackets and the pleated skirts remind of high school days, the background idea of this collection is much more intense and definitely rougher than that. Still, it gets to maintain a certain composure which balances the chunky biker obvious allure with a delicate and comfy feeling.
A phoenix design splashes almost every look in what I think it’s a reminiscence of Harley Davidson’s famous eagle. Biker jackets and boxy sweatshirts aren’t missed either, being leather and neoprene the main used materials. The silhouette remains simple and almost baggy while strong colours (like pale blue or kelly green), dominatrix boots and kinky prints (leopard, forest inspired and blue camouflage) get the spotlight.
However, there is a more conservative side of the collection that can’t be forgotten. Specially a total-green suit, several little dresses and the use of trench coats.
I have to be honest: I really love this collection. Phillip Lim made me appreciate a positive side of white leggins that I hadn’t discovered yet. It was a constant “aw” and “ow” while I was watching it, maybe because -and I hate saying this- “it all looks pretty wearable”. Well, except for the total-leopard look. That’s… maybe too wild for me.
Favorite style details: zips on the right side of sweatshirts, knits and jackets; round-neck tees over shirts with big necklaces; white leggins and leopard tops; colourful loafers; leather backpacks; the effect of multiple zips all over the slim trousers.
Pictures: Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim.