3.1 Philip Lim
These 2 shows were very different, but they both contained variations of three things I am loving so far from A/W 13/14- boots, leather and sweats.
3.1 Philip Lim was one of my favourite Pre-Fall collections this year. The joy continued in the Thai born designer's AW13/14 show. Layering was key, with shirting peeking out from under sweatshirts, knits and leather. The bright jewel tones from Pre-Fall have muted into khaki and navy, classic camel replacing leopard print. Those beautiful thigh high leather boots (which I must own) were back too in open and closed versions.
Over at Reed Krakoff, tailored pieces were imbued with movement, adding sophistication without being stuffy. The sporty feel came courtesy of piping, sweatshirts and bombers, and even leather jogging bottoms. Accessories were slick in black and white, ladylike bags, sandals and utilitarian boots with a flash of white sole.
Both collections were feminine and luxurious, the utilitarian elements making them wearable without being overwhelming. The ladies who choose these collections, like the designers themselves, may be very different. But they definitely call the shots.
Images via Vogue