“It’s about these chic women who ride bikes to work, to brunch, to a cocktail party.” This is what Phillip Lim told Style.com about the inspiration for his Fall 2011 collection. The last time I rode a bike was definitely at the gym, but if his new collection makes me more equipped to do so while in the mean and crowded streets of New York City, then perhaps I might rent one on a Saturday and try it out.
Function was the main take-away from the collection with designs that blended sophistication and athletic elements for a perfect city-girl wardrobe. There were cropped trousers galore in navy with printed piping down the side on Melodie Monrose, in khaki and black channeling jodphurs on Tao Okamoto, in blush pink and green for pops of color and in cognac leather for those daring enough to try them. Every dress looked completely comfortable for “pull over and go” appeal, some even having embellishments which made them perfect for evening.
Of course the season at hand cannot be forgotten and luckily, that same easygoing feeling is present in many of Phillip Lim’s Spring pieces. Below are my top picks for what to add to your closet from the brand for Spring.
I am a huge fan of wooden platforms and the Constantine Wood Platform Sandals ($625) go with practically every ensemble I can think of. Slouchy pants are what I’m wearing now, so I can’t resist the urge to buy another pair in the Drawstring Trousers with Twist Cuffs ($350). The Sleeveless Shirttail Dress with Bows ($575) is so perfect and adorable and it can be worn in the Fall and Winter with a long-sleeve top layered underneath and tights.
Visit www.31philliplim.com for more information and see more looks from the Fall 2011 collection below.
*Images courtesy of GoRunway.com.