Thus far into the fall 2013 menswear circuit there’s been little to occupy the space between the edgy, artistic depths of Paris and the supreme sartorial heights of Milan. But then comes 3.1 Phillip Lim, and the rebellious side of the 1950s and 60s is no longer just the merest hint illuminating a slim-cut suit with a retro glow, it’s a fully fledged mood permeating everything from insouciantly unzipped ankle boots to rockabilly ducktail hairstyles.
Lim was looking to the subculture of cafe racers; the bikes and the rocker boys who rode them. But of course, being Lim, it was all enacted with more than enough contemporary cool: motorcycle jackets were a little relaxed in cut, patchwork prints that resembled abstracted camo worked their way across shearling collared coats and slim cut pants alike. The closing outfits played closer to the minimal side with tailoring and block colours catering to Lim’s more understated clientele. But even these, given the right styling and a dose of attitude had the power to come off as rockabilly cool.
And with that Lim’s message was clear from start to end: don’t bother zipping up your boots, just hop on your bike and enjoy the ride.
You can see all of the 3.1 Phillip Lim autumn (fall) / winter 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.