There was hot chocolate and marshmallows for chilled guests at yesterday's 3.1 Phillip Lim show but that was the only thing sweet about Phillip Lim's fall collection.
The designer was inspired by all things biker--and that meant lots and lots of leather. There were plenty of versions of a fantastic boxy biker jacket, naturally, but there were also structured leather biker vests, leather skirts, leather sweatshirt tops, and oversized leather gaiters. (I called them leather shin guards until I learned the right word for them.) The toughness of the leather was softened up by all the layers. Models were styled with at least three layers at all times it seemed: A biker over a knit over a button down; or an oversized anorak (another standout) over a biker vest over a sweatshirt. While the biker-inspired pieces stood out, I was particularly taken with the outerwear offerings (lots of great, oversized pea coats and wrap coats) and several quilted mini skirts with a zippered slit up the front.
And what's a biker jacket without a few patches? Lim tweeted a photo of several "P" and "L" patches before the show as a kind of teaser, and we saw them plastered across light wash denim jeans and a denim jacket on the closing look. It looked cool but I muttered to the Street Peeper's Phil Oh, who was sitting next to me, that I couldn't imagine wearing them. But he promised me that every street style starlet would be wearing them come fall. And he's probably right.