FashionFeed: Models Reading Books & Riding Bikes

● Phillip Lim’s fall 2011 video features hot girls modeling his designs while biking around San Francisco. Perfect. [Style] ● If you’re wondering what Constance Jablonski and Liu Wen are reading this summer (because models read too, you know), Modelina has rounded up the lit picks of over 30 runway regulars. [Modelina] ● Vogue’s “Influencers Network” has been revealed, and it features a panel of 1,000 bloggers that we’ve never heard of. [Adweek]

● Miami Swim Week is upon us, and we’ve got our eye on Tori Praver. Peep her resort 2012 collection that was “inspired by the unique cultures and gorgeous scenery of Western deserts and exotic Africa.” [Harper’s Bazaar] ● For the next phase of the Levi’s Film Workshop, last night the brand debuted three short films to celebrate the art of growing, preparing, and serving food. All three films are now live on their Vimeo page. [Levi’s Vimeo]

Phillip Lim Shares His Fave Spots in LA

Known for designing classic pieces with street elegance, Phillip Lim’s collections are a go-to for fashion bloggers, editors, artists, and models. Although his designs exhibit expert tailoring, there’s always a touch of effortlessness, whether it be a slouchy fit or a simple color story. That relaxed attitude could very well derive from his LA roots, which Refinery 29 captured in their latest feature with the designer. Being an LA native myself, his list of favorite places warms my heart—especially because it’s filled with local treasures and a touch of classic LA.

I love that he chose Gold Bug and Ivanhoe Books, and that he stops by Silverlake Wine to pick up a nice bottle before a dinner party. His shout out to Griffith Park for hiking because “it’s less crowded than doing Runyon Canyon” gives him even more cred, too. Seeing that we virtually go to the same places, maybe I’ll start scouting each spot more frequently to catch a Lim sighting. No, not creepy at all.

Photo and artwork via Refinery 29.

The SS11 Pant Report: Long, Loose, & Tailored

This much we know: Hemlines have dropped to the floor and footwear is being served up high, by way of a wedge, with a side of florals. But what about SS11 pants, you say? Sleep soundly, as New York Fashion Week’s catwalks have met with nary a harem pant this season. Derek Lam is championing a high-waist, while simultaneously embracing the wide cuts and flared denim calves that Phoebe Philo started resurrecting at Celine this past spring. Phillip Lim is promoting something a bit softer—slim but softly tailored pants in silks of various shades.

Diane Von Furstenberg’s tailored trousers likewise left her models with leg room. Hers were cut low at the waist but cropped just above the ankle in most cases. Over at Mulberry, the cropped effect was the same, though waists were raised to Lam’s levels. And Karen Walker’s looks were equally loose, and fashioned in cheery floral and fruit tones for spring. Unlike all of the transparency afloat on catwalks this season, trousers are welcoming room for a few extra pounds. It’s all the more to love.

Alexander Wang & Phillip Lim Launch Lingerie Lines

The underwear as outerwear trend is about to get a whole lot more exciting thanks to Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim. While each of the designers’ respective namesake houses going strong, Wang and Lim have decided get into undergarments. Lim’s new bra, panty and camisoles line is appropriate titled ‘initials’ (as in the first layer of fabric to hit the body). According to W, Lim is keeping the line simple, and unadulterated with embellishment or over-the-top styles. “What we love about it is that it’s something a girl can wear without feeling like she’s trying too hard.”

Meanwhile, Wang is following suit. As part of an expansion of his lower-priced line T by Alexander Wang, the designer is introducing a few select bras on his eponymous website. “The pieces are ‘definitely intended to be seen’ and run from $48 to $72,” says Fashionologie. The bottom line: exposed undergarments isn’t a trend that’s likely to go into hiding anytime soon.

Phillip Lim Footwear First Look

It’s been a big year for Phillip Lim. Not only has the designer continued to garner critical acclaim, he’s in the process of expanding his empire quite a bit — namely with a new accessories line as well as swimsuits and lingerie. (Not to mention his sub-label for canines.) While Lim’s bathingwear and lingerie lines have dropped, his much-anticipated shoe collection has yet to debut in stores. But thanks to the shoe gods that be, looks from the collection have arrived.

In-store for Lim-loving shoe fans are gold-hued oxford flats and a number of heeled lace-up versions. Expect a decidedly 80s vibe — think leopard print as well as studded booties, a few pairs of which come in suede. For a complete look at the soon-to-debut collection see The Cut’s slideshow of Lim’s first-ever footwear here.

Topman Reinvents the T-Shirt

Topman is adding to the plethora of designer collaborations currently sweeping the fashion industry with a project that’s just for the boys. “Following up on their Black Trouser Project, British retailer Topman look towards some of fashions hottest designers to be a part of their upcoming White Tee Project,” says Hypebeast. Designers from Henry Holland and Phillip Lim to Richard Chai and J. W. Anderson have signed on to participate in the endeavor. The limited-edition collection hits Topman’s virtual racks May 28.

While in the past I’ve griped about the abundance of designer partnerships taking place these days (which, in some cases, can water down a burgeoning brand’s image thanks to the inevitable dilution that comes when pairing a newbie with a mega brand), I think the idea of having multiple designers update a classic clothing staple (i.e. Gap’s inviting Rodarte, Phillip Lim, and more to update the basic white button-up last year) typically produces great one-offs at reasonable price points. Besides, it’s great exposure for lesser-known lines. Speaking of, don’t be surprised if you see a few women rocking the fruits of this collaboration come spring. I, for one, am eyeing Juun J’s side-zip creation.

Phillip Lim’s Next Move: Canine Couture

imageDuring such hard economic times as these, it seems both smart and logical that many designers are branching out. For Zac Posen, it’s a diffusion line; meanwhile, Karl Lagerfeld has taken to creating titillating dishware. Now, renowned womenswear designer Phillip Lim is hopping aboard the bandwagon and launching an entirely new clothing line — for dogs.

“The NY-based designer’s $150 cashmere dog sweaters, which come in gray, navy stripe and bubblegum and are sized extra small to large, are causing something of a mania among pet owners,” says Vogue UK. Inspired by Lim’s own pooch, Oliver, a French bulldog, the cashmere collection doesn’t come cheap. But, perhaps the guilt of purchasing luxury goods lessens when it’s for one’s pet. Regardless, if you’re feeling especially generous this Christmas, you can also treat your canine to the full four-legged-friendly gift set, which, in addition to a cashmere jumper, includes a leather collar and leash for a total of $375. At least there’s no chance of your gift getting returned.