Nowadays, those street style stars vying for Scott, Garance and Tommy's acknowledgement are increasingly influencing the very designers that dress them. Their madcap layering, tomboy-meets-ingenue styling, and statement-shoe confidence form the rhythm of contemporary fashion, a beat designers can't ignore. For Pre-Fall 2013, it was as though Phillip Lim set out to debunk just what makes the girls outside the shows so darned captivating.
He curated all the pieces that these gals blend together to create their special brand of idiosyncrasy: A new take on the motorcycle jacket, the re-engineered sweat shirt featuring a baroque crest, and the convertible trench coat that can be worn in endless manners were all present and accounted for, as were structural neoprene dresses, the varsity bomber, and a take-no-prisoners buccaneer boot. Yes, the splashes of cheetah print, and punk detailing fell a bit short of fresh, but in a demi-season like Pre-Fall--far more driven by commerce than art--Lim's sharp tailoring and hip proportions may well go the distance. What can't be argued is that the collection delivered precisely the sort of novel staples that quickly move from rack to register.