Menswear from The 3.1 Philip Lim for Target Collection

31-phillip-lim-for-target-2013-fall-winter-lookbook-8Some fashionistas out there have mixed feelings when high fashion designers collaborate with companies how appeal to the masses. There is always talk about the fabric, pricing or even overall silhouette. Just like everything else, you can’t please everyone. However, I am totally anticipating the upcoming collaboration with Target and 3.1 Philip Lim. Recently, my respect for him soared with his video lookbook featuring martial art trickers rocking his garments. This time he is giving his design aesthetic into more approachable hands with more comfortable pockets. Available on September 15, the 3.1 Philip Lim for Target collection will feature 100 pieces ranging in price from $20 to $300, including ready to wear garments, sneakers, bags and intimates.

So far, the garments for the menswear define his collections, contemporary with a slight minimal twist. The color palette captures classic fall shades, tones and prints. Overall I dig the menswear collection. However, I am waiting to see what the womenswear ensembles look like. Lets see whether or not, this becomes a bigger success than their previous collection.

3.1 Philip Lim is “Trickin” it

Showcasing the Video campaign of fashion label, 3.1 Philip Lim‘s upcoming Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Mr. Lim never cease to amaze with his fashion aesthetic. However, it appears he officially became my favorite fashion designer has he acknowledged “tricking” to the fashion forefront. Those who have not seen my previous post about tricking, but its a hybrid movement which consist of martial arts techniques fused with tumbling and dance moves (Although the tricker was not credited on the video, I could easily tell it was world champion Micah Karns of Team AKA/Sideswipe, due to his signature kicks showcased). It has been around for almost 20 years.

There is a time tricking was the main deal in the sport martial arts community. This lifestyle has transferred from competition to movies, dancing on America’s Best Dance Crew, TV perfomances from Dancing with the stars, Grammys, etc. However, to find tricking enter the high fashion is world is way beyond a breath of fresh air. I only vision this in my head. One of my close friends, Carmichael Simon (others include David Douglas, Mike Chat, Jon Valera) who I consider a brother is one of the forefathers of tricking in the early 90s, had inspire thousands of people who help paved the way it is today!

Philip Lim will always and forever get my praise to acknowledge these martial artists and performers to another aspect of life! I am uncertain he’s a martial artist; lets just say he is an honorary brother of the empty hand!

“Iron Will”