Spring/summer 2014 looks debuted on the runway a month ago, and if you’re anything like us, then patience isn’t exactly your strongest suit. Instead of waiting for the snow to melt, we sprung forward to next season for trends that we can wear now—and beyond. At Milly, Elizabeth and James, and Vera Wang, athleticism was the name of the game, with mesh integrated into tops, skirts and dresses. Layer the netted fabric over long-sleevers for wintry days and wear it solo, come spring. On the 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lanvin and Marc by Marc Jacobs runways, light-refracting iridescent pieces were the star players. Gravitate toward mesmerizing holographic dresses and skirts (perfect for holiday parties) or keep the high-shine material to a minimum with a small clutch. We shopped out 10 spring trends that pull their weight (two seasons’ worth of weight, in fact). Relevant until at least next fall, start racking up fashion mileage points now with these investment pieces that essentially pay for themselves in wear count alone.
It’s no secret that the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection for Target was one of the most buzzed-about collaborations in the retailer’s recent history, with fans everywhere lining up as early as 4 AM to get their hands on the covetable items. A video of customers throwing down to snatch up their own satchel began making its rounds on YouTube, and last night at The Fashion Group International Night of Stars in New York City, we spoke to the designer to find out if he expected such a reaction. As it turns out, he was just as surprised as everyone else! “I saw the video! Truly, I have no words. I think that when you make something, you want to bring out the best in people, but seeing the video, I was like ‘Oh my gosh, the worst came out in people instead,’” Lim joked. “I’m so happy it was well-received, but I didn’t expect the frenzy. But maybe I’m just old-fashioned!” Unless you’re an avid eBay-er, you may have missed your chance to grab a tote of your own, but the rest of Lim’s line is still available for purchase — meaning you won’t have to elbow anyone to get your hands on the designer’s printed dresses. Click through our gallery to check out each of the items, then shop the line at target.com.
If you were one of the lucky ones on the morning of September 15 to score one or two bags from the 3.1 Philip Lim for Target collection, consider us jealous. From the faux leather tote bags to cross-body and carry-alls, every Phillip Lim bag is now sold out, both online and in most stores. After accepting that we might not be able to immediately get our hands on one of those covetable bags, we went straight to the source to see if the collection would be — hopefully — restocked. “We saw great excitement for [3.1 Phillip Lim] accessories over the past few days,” said a Target spokesperson. “We’ve seen great success with past collections that are available for a limited time, so akin to other collections, there are no plans to restock online or in stores.” And there you have it, folks. If you didn’t manage to scoop up a 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target bag, it looks like you’re out of luck. Here’s hoping you’ll have a better chance of owning a piece of the Peter Pilotto for Target collection, coming to Target stores and target.com February 9, 2014.
In the meantime, you can still shop most of the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection.
The spring and summer seasons typically call to mind blooming flowers that make up a colorful palette of tropical motifs. So it makes sense that for their Spring/Summer 2014 collections, designers literally integrated hot-weather foliage into their designs. Raffia, a fibrous textile from palm trees, was a common thread among many. At Derek Lam, raffia-fringe belts and necklaces served as accessories layered over easy pajama silhouettes. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, the designer took a breather from his geode-inspired looks to line tops and bottoms with multicolored raffia. Christian Siriano, who said he was inspired by a vacation to Mexico, twisted raffia into floral French knots that decorated a pretty chiffon dress. Woven, knotted or fringed, commit this to memory: Spring 2014 is all about raffia.
Plus, check out all the behind-the-scenes moments we saw and heard at New York Fashion Week.
Designer: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Location: 360 33rd St
What was it like: The designer was inspired by the Earth, raw landscapes and geode-formations–and he took it literally, covering the entire floor of the venue in salt crystals (though not the best for heels). And for added drama, smoke machines rolled out a continuous haze of fog during the show.
Why we love this collection: It was all about the geode-inspired swirls (the same one featured on the invite), which was seen punctuated throughout the entire collection in one shape or form, whether it was through prints, embroidery or cut-outs. While most pieces stayed on-theme, florescent hues, fringe detailing and iridescent fabrics broke the mold.
From the glow of actress Jessica Alba (in 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target) and Phillip Lim on the carpet to the smiles of guests shopping racks of clothes, including actor Emile Hirsch and singer Solange Knowles, the mood was light and jovial at the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target launch party at New York’s Spring Studio Thursday. “I’ve been a fan of Phillip Lim’s for a really long time,” athlete Maria Sharapova (in 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target) admitted to InStyle.com on the carpet. “The silhouette and the shapes and the colors he uses I think are brilliant and suit so many different body types. It’s just fun to see him create this collection that’s more affordable with his vision.” And the price tag had everyone, including model Alyssa Miller gushing. “I’m wearing his dress, and it cost $30, and that’s awesome!” Miller raved to InStyle.com, boasting her skintight animal print ensemble. Guests stole peeks at the night’s second main attraction, an impressive 120-foot-long interactive photograph panorama that featured looks from the collection worn by fashion tastemakers in U.S. and Canadian cities. It was a fitting touch to an evening as colorful as the designer himself. Shop the limited-edition collection in Target stores and target.com when it launches September 15.
Plus, see more pictures from this week’s parties!
It looks like Phillip Lim’s collection for Target hit shelves two weeks early, by accident! Confirmed by Racked, the Target in Duluth, Georgia mistakenly placed a few of the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target accessories out on display, including scarves and those covetable faux leather bags everyone wants. We’re sure the items have been pulled back by now, but how jealous are you of those who may have gotten their hands on the latest Target collaboration already? (Un)fortunately, the Duluth Target was the only retailer to make the mistake, but we’re going to check our nearest Target store just to make sure! The full collection of women’s and men’s clothing including accessories and handbags will arrive at Target stores and target.com on Sunday, September 15th. Let the countdown begin!
Plus, take a look at the collection!