Insta-Critic: 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Grunge-y Plaids

In a fashion week committed to the decades, Phillip Lim brought 90s grunge in ultra-chic silhouettes. Buffalo plaids and brocade florals mixed with brooding colors provided an appealing palette for days like today when the cold is on our minds.

Thank you @31philliplim for making my entire fall 2015-16 closet @enews

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Exits, Returns, and Debuts: The Fashion News You Need to Know

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1. Peta Protests Men’s Woolmark Prize

While Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow were celebrating another big win for their line Public School, PETA protestors (in the form of three vegan male models, carrying a replica of a bloody sheep carcass and signs, wearing synthetic sweaters,) protested the use of wool, pointing to a study that showed severe mistreatment of the animals in Australia. Woolmark contests these claims.

2. H&M & Coachella Collaborate

Festival attire inspires an Instagram frenzy and countless blog posts each year, so H&M decided to make it official with a collaboration with Coachella inspired by the classic American festival aesthetic.

3. Isabel Marant Casts Natasha Poly

Isabel Marant’s new campaign explores the female’s feline side, with hair inspired by a lioness and a decidedly playful characterization for model Natasha Poly, who, Marant told WWD, has a lot of different characters and we knew she would play the game.” The playful campaign was shot by fashion faves Inez & Vinoodh. 

natasha poly4. Pringle of Scotland Exhibition

Pringle is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary in a deservedly big way. The brand will debut a major exhibition called “Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story” at the Serpentine Gallery during London Fashion Week. In addition, the show will feature new campaign images will be presented, shot by Albert Watson of Scottish figures including Stella Tennant, David Shrigley and Luke Treadaway as well as a collaboration with Michael Clark Dance Company. Finally, Pringle will introduce, Deconstructed, a customizable service allowing shoppers to add a personal touch to their cashmere purchases. 

5. Frida Giannini’s Left Gucci Earlier Than Expected
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We knew Frida Giannini was leaving Gucci, we just didn’t know how soon that would be. Apparently, Giannini left last week, a full month earlier than anticipated. According to WWD, sources say Giannini was asked to leave the company last Friday, rather than after her Fall women’s show on February 25th, as originally planned. It is believed this is a result of efforts to speed up the company’s process for upcoming decisions regarding creative direction for the company.

6. Viviane Sassen for 3.1 Phillip Lim

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First of all, 3.1 Phillip Lim is verging on it’s 10-year-anniversary, which is insane! To celebrate, the brand returned to ideas Lim views as essential to its DNA, bucking convention by eschewing hair and makeup, and heading to Morocco with art photographer Viviane Sassen for a shoot based around the theme “Romancing Reality.”

7. Kim Kardashian Lands Vogue Australia Solo Cover

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Though we can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever land the U.S. cover spot on her own, this cover adds more fuel to Kim’s fashion fire. We know we have her coming up soon clad in Prada on the cover of LOVE, and her ad campaign for Balmain just launched. When Kim sets out to become a fashion icon, you better believe she’s gonna get it done.

8. Cathy Horyn is Back

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It turns out her exit from The New York Times after 15 years was not a final bow. The famed critic will join The Cut as critic-at-large, starting with the fast-approaching February shows.

9. Adidas Questions the Meaning of “Superstar”

Rita Ora, Pharrell Williams, David Beckham, and basketball player Damian Lillard come together in this video to make probing and skeptical claims about what it means to be a superstar (“If you think a superstar is people wanting to know where you are, who you’re with, and reading about what you had for breakfast, or caring about what you wear to an event…”) –while wearing the athletic brand’s classic 1969 sneaker of the same name.

13 Perfect Sweaters to Hide Your Thanksgiving Food Baby

Josilyn (DNA) photographed by Adeline Mai for this story. Styling: Alyssa Shapiro

As cooler temperatures arrive, I immediately find myself hoarding sweaters as though I’ve never seen one before…there are so. many. good. ones. If I could wear all of these tomorrow, I would.


jcrew shearling

The kind of sweater your older relatives might not get, but you won’t care because you will be happily caressing your own shearling-covered self all night long.


shosh sweater

I’m gonna go ahead and dub this the “eating all night bc IDGAF sweater” because its silhouette, when on, is a beautiful flow-y thing that widens around the midsection. Also: pockets for an added bonus, and it’s a perfect autumn hue.


shopbop fluff

This glorified ball of fluff will be in the mail to me by the time I publish this post. And that’s all I’ve got about that.


acne turtle

The ways I love Acne are beyond my counting abilities and this high-fashion teenage ninja turtle sweater is no exception. And, it’s most definitely something grandma can get behind.


ryan roche

One of this year’s CFDA runners-up, Ryan Roche is majorly girl-crushable. This knit, in her beloved pink hue, is 100% cashmere and hand-knit in Nepal.



The kind of sweater you’ll wear to Thanksgiving by default because you haven’t taken it off in 10 days.



A knit for the sophisticate in all of us.


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The Row brings their usual luxury in the form of this cable turtleneck in cashmere/silk.



If the conversation grows tense, you can always turn the topic of conversation back to your own sweater.



This chunky boucle wool looks almost like shearling and will make you feel like you brought a blanket to the table.


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Zara brings us more affordable cashmere in the prettiest seasonless blue.




Another perfect autumnal hue, though you may wanna scrunch up those sleeves before serving any spoonfuls of gravy.



For the trendy-prepster who feels nostalgic for pep rallies when visiting home.

Happy shopping Thanksgiving.

Bloody Good Nails

The hottest colors of the new season also happen to be the deepest. When nails get a high intensity dose, the bottles don’t stand a chance. These polishes are powerful… and they’re bloody good.


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Shop the hottest fall colors:
3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS in ‘Insidious’
Deborah Lippmann in ‘Take the “A” Train’
Jin Soon x Tess Giberson collection in ‘Farrago’
MAC in ‘Midnight Sky’
Estée Lauder Pure Color in ‘Lust’

All jewelry by Eddie Borgo

Photographer: Jacob Brown
Manicurist: Julie Kandalec (Bryan Bantry)
Manicure Assistant: Jini Lim
Special Effects: Allison Huntington Chase
Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro

Your New Denim Everything

It’s spring cleaning season, and as great as it feels, our closets are looking a little spare. We’re realizing we’re going to have to add a few things back in. Ok, no one is holding our arm… and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s new denim capsule collection certainly makes it easier to find a few solid, timeless basics to add to a wardrobe.

The denim collection, featuring carrot pants, a two-way trench, moto jacket, and more,  is in 3.1 Phillip Lim stores and online now. View the capsule below.

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The Row, Karen Walker, Phillip Lim, & Band of Outsiders: Tara’s NYFW Round Up Part II

Running from show to show and seeing approximately 500 per day, the runways begin to blur together. But some shows have that magic quality about them that jolt you out of your coffee-downing-traffic-dodging-air-kissing trance and remind you why you look forward to this week months in advance. These four shows do just that.

Scott Sternberg crossed his classic prep-school aesthetic with that of an eccentric old cat lady and the outcome was gorgeous.  Heavy knits, furs and wools were counterbalanced by wispy silk, mesh and mohair. Looks began with dark round glasses and ended with Band of Outsider’s debut shoe, the perfect mannish oxford. In-between, patterns ran ramped with dizzying florals and painted polka dots.Band of


Simultaneously feminine and tough Karen Walker’s collection paid homage to the suffrage movements of past. The most obvious nod to the theme, a placard-cum-bag embossed with “Liberal, Miserable & Cynical.” Highlights from the collection included cropped balloon pants and a red patterned velvet maxi dress, both fit for a modern day man-repelling feminist.Karen

Paradigmatic of The Row the silhouettes were kept simple, though enlarged, and done in the world’s most luxurious fabrics. We’re talking 900 gram double-face cashmere that could double as fur. Models were swallowed by cowl-neck sweaters and draped in fringed blanket wraps. Each look was funneled into a pair of slouchy ankle socks and lace-up derby oxfords. The season’s signature bag? A sure to be five figure crocodile bucket bag.The


Right when we were about to give up on winter for good 3.1 Phillip Lim gave us something to love about it —Soleil— his imaginarily muse. His winter is a cheery happy place made up of bright colors, peppy pastels and funky florals. Customary of Lim’s collection, there were more than a handful of must-have items in it: a shearling coat cut similar to that of a denim jacket and a pair of the lace up booties that look more than capable of taking on snow-ridden sidewalks, to name a few.Philip

#NYFW: Catching Up On the Shows from Sunday and Monday

On Sunday morning at NYFW, Victoria Beckham finally stopped sucking in her waist, and if you couldn’t exactly hear the collective release of breath, you could certainly sense it in the more relaxed lines of her creations. Despite borrowing a little tailoring from the boys, Beckham has held on to her well-earned reputation for femininity. The dresses were still present, the waist, for the most part, still accentuated. But it looked like you might be able to eat in them. 

Voluminous was one word to describe Delpozo, whose nipped in waists still flattered. Ethereal colors accentuated the confectionary nature of the clothes.


Layers, layers, layers were the thing at Theyskens’ Theory. Short skirts over long, even basketball shorts over biker. The Theyskens’ girl would be ready for any venue or change in weather once leaving the house in these looks.

Derek Lam used highly textured fabrics colored by hand dying to create elegant and simple pieces that played on proportion and elevated classic American sportswear. Basket weaves and bonded mesh made even the simplest of cuts extremely interesting while keeping everything easy to wear – the ideal clothes to throw on effortlessly and still look amazing in.


3.1 Phillip Lim played with rocks for spring, littering his runway with crunchy Himalayan sea salt, creating a new terrain for the Phillip Lim girl to wander. She navigated the topography in matching style, sporting references to geodes in embroidered sweaters and patterned skirts.


One of the dreamier shows took place at Ashley and Mary-Kate Olson’s The Row, the woman of which was a traveler – she must have been someplace hot and crawling with bugs, for the sun protective sleeves and skirt lengths and veils hanging from wide brimmed and visor-ed hats. With delicate snakeskin, superfine leathers and flowing crinkled silk georgette, who wouldn’t want to be on vacation with The Row?

We’re five days in with three more to go. Keep checking back and don’t forget to visit for fashion week news.

The Top 4 Fashion’s Night Out Events to Catch in Both New York & Los Angeles

By now you’ve seen your share of Fashion’s Night Out event round-ups, but let’s be honest – do you really think you’ll have the time and energy to hit up every single goings-on? If you’re like us, then you’ve already learned from FNO’s first and second years that planting yourself at a handful of solid events is all you really need do to fully enjoy the full experience. Plus, September 8 is on a Thursday, not Friday, so it might be wise to take it slightly easy. With that in mind, read on for our list of best-bet FNO events in New York and Los Angeles so you can streamline your party plan.

New York

Who: Opening Ceremony What: Our favorite conceptual retailer is hosting El Mercado de Carnaval de Opening Ceremony – a carnival market inspired by Argentina. The event will feature live performers in designer dudes from the likes of Suno and Proenza Schouler, a Delfina Delettrez mystical booth, a PS1 bag raffle (really!), and a Miss Piggy photo booth. Flyer above and more info here. Where: Ace Hotel – 20 West 29th Street When: 6-10pm

Who: Alexander Wang What: The cool-kid label is hosting a good ol’ talent show, with performers showcasing their talent in front of a live audience. Winners will be selected by Alex Wang and surprise celebrity judges and will be awarded with prizes from the brand’s collection. There will also be a window installation by artist Saulo Madrid with Alkemie Atelier, providing a unique interactive experience for audiences both inside and outside of the store. Where: Alexander Wang Boutique – 103 Grand Street When: 7:30pm-?

Who: DKNY What: Shoppers who spend $250 or more will receive a free DVD of the brilliant documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, along with a limited edition tote bag. Ever the social media supporters, the brand has also partnered with mobile application Pose to broadcast fan snaps on DKNY’s Facebook page. More info. Where: DKNY Boutique – 655 Madison Avenue When: 6pm-?

Who: Realm Boutique What: Get styled by event hosts Chelsea Leyland, Lissy Trullie, The Man Repeller, May Kwok, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Susie Bubble as you shop Realm’s covetable threads. By the way, Blake Lively stopped by the boutique’s event last year, so who knows who else might roll through. Where: Realm Boutique – 98 Green Street When: 6-11pm

Next: The Best of LA Los Angeles

Who: 3.1 Phillip Lim What: Enjoy a live performance by NYC-based band Cults as you sip on tequila and grub on bites from Vietnamese eatery, Xoia. You can also dig into some serious remorse-free shopping, as all proceeds benefit Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Where: 3.1 Phillip Lim Boutique – 631 North Robertson Blvd. When: 7-10pm

Who: Smashbox Studios and Ron Herman What: The event will feature a pop-up Smashbox photo studio with fashion photographer Diana Koenigsberg offering complimentary photo sessions for shoppers. J Brand is debuting exclusive FNO jean and eyewear label Oliver Peoples is presenting three exclusive frames for the evening. Where: Ron Herman at Fred Segal – 8100 Melrose Avenue When: 6-11pm

Who: Opening Ceremony What: Just like it’s NYC counterpart, the West Coast version of Opening Ceremony is also hosting a night of Argentine flair, complete with fresh empanadas, Solsticio wine, and exclusive FNO merch by Keds, Olympia Le-Tan, Jansport, Pamela Love, and more. OCLA is also partnering with LA shop RTH to create custom leather bracelets stamped with your initials. More info. Where: OCLA – 451 N. La Cienega Blvd. When: 6-9pm

Who: Westfield Century City What: We all know the Westfield shopping center chain knows how to get down, so we’re not surprised that the Century City outpost is hosting a jam-packed FNO this year. The night will be hosted by none other than LL Cool J and will feature live music, food, drinks, makeup and blowdry bars, mini manicures, a fashion show, and a bevy of surprise celebrity appearances. Even the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, is said to be stopping by. Where: Westfield Century City – 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. When: 6-10pm

A Return to Lace

According to Suzy Menkes in the New York Times, lace is making a comeback this season, adding delicate glamour to simple clothes. Specifically, black lace, which has been revered since the days of Coco Chanel, a woman who understood its delicacy and femininity. There are currently a myriad of options on the market, but here are a few favorites, after the jump.

3.1 Phillip Lim Lace & Leather Mini Dress, $795.


Marc by Marc Jacobs Abigail Lace Dress, $528.


Only Hearts Lace T Mini, $154.


Lucca Couture Silky Lace Sweetheart Dress, $69.