Thursday, September 15, 2011

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012….Denim Jacket

As I’ve mentioned before, I think some people have lost the thread on how to relate to fashion shows.  Shows aren’t something that should make you feel bad about not being able to afford what you’re seeing, or not looking like a model.  Instead, they should just be pure inspiration for color, silhouette, genre, pattern matching…and DIY projects.


This denim jacket, for example, is a great DIY.  Steal your boyfriend’s denim jacket, split it up the side to your true waist, slide a belt through, cut the sleeves off, and let it billow.


It’s a great example of how to be ahead of the curve; no need to wait six months for this trend to hit stores.


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  1. Anon

    September 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    The DIY feel of this look is inspiring, especially during tough economic times. Perhaps this trend will carry on through the next year. Billowing denim? That’s a thought.

  2. Rese

    September 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I am absolutely loving the commentary!!!!! I know your busy and such but hopefully you might find more time to continue to give us YOUR perspective on these amazing shots!

  3. PrĂŞt Ă  Porter P

    September 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    “Shows aren’t something that should make you feel bad about not being able to afford what you’re seeing, or not looking like a model. Instead, they should just be pure inspiration for color, silhouette, genre, pattern matching…” Excellent put! I think people can be quite narrow minded when it comes to visuals.

  4. ADJ

    September 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I love the reinvention of the denim jacket. Philip Lim is always taking risks but in the best way possible.

  5. nicola

    September 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    no boyfriend :’(

  6. noboru

    September 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    also, I will steal my wife’s denim jacket…

  7. Kate

    September 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks for the inspirational words and photo. I haven’t checked out this collection yet but I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things.

  8. Nina

    September 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Ooh I like this! Definitely not something you need to wait six months to spent $600 on.

  9. Taylor

    September 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you for reminding the average income person to just enjoy fashion & not be jealous or sad! I don’t think people reiterate that enough. :)

  10. Elisa

    September 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    That’s it!

  11. Hannah

    September 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    What a clever idea!

  12. Camille

    September 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Hello, I just wanted to tell you how much I like the way you are currently developing your blog. I especially enjoy reading your observations, as they give new dimensions to your photos (not that I don’t enjoy your photos on their own, although I find it interesting to see what you have to say about your photos instead of reading what every other blogger has to say about them). Cheers!

  13. Meredith

    September 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you for that message. I love DIY projects. That’s why I started sewing. I also love your message about taking inspiration from the fashion shows. It’s my favorite time of year – and I probably won’t buy a single thing shown. It’s art.

    - Meredith

  14. Jessica

    September 15, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    i’m really liking the styling and eye shadow as well. fun inspiration!

  15. pandajoi

    September 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    As a (plus-sized)-college-student-fashion-addict, I’m so happy you added your statement about fashion week. Everyday I try to get inspiration from somewhere (usually the satorialist), rummage through my own closet, and DI”M”

    I don’t think most people respect the art of fashion week, and the “how should we hate this” perspective takes over.

  16. Sandra Joyce

    September 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    …not just that, your blog alone is testament to the fact that we can be inspired not just by these runway shows and the (expensive) creations of big-wig designers, but of common people in the streets as well. Inspiration is everywhere. People just really have to open up a little to the possibility of letting themselves be blown away by the simplest things.

  17. Laura

    September 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Awesome! I have a denim vest that doesn’t fit quite right – as you described with the jeans jacket – and I just sliced up the sides. Perfect! I use your blog as a visual reference as well, saving my favorites to my iPhotos. I check every day for new ideas. Thanks!!

  18. Elizabeth

    September 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I have to agree with Rese, the commentary has been great! Its nice to read about what you’re thinking.

  19. Bohemian Style

    September 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    That is so true. Its all mean tot be inspirational.

  20. KKTS

    September 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I love the reinvention of the denim jacket.

  21. dragon fruit

    September 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    i totally agree with you and am now inspired :)

  22. The Photodiarist

    September 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Could not agree with you more!!! Love your perspective on this issue. and the photograph is terrific.

  23. lucia

    September 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm

  24. jemappelleshen

    September 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Love where your coming from. It’s so true, it’s easy to interpret runway into everyday especially with a good DIY eye. This is def one I will have to try! Thanks for sharing your POV.

  25. Lauren

    September 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Excellent advice!

    The Styleseer

  26. Name*Karen Petkovic

    September 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    soooo true – I am very inspired by you – visit your site every day…love love love

  27. Jane with the noisy terrier

    September 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Oooh, better lock up your closet, Scott! We already know that Garance likes to shop in there and now you’ve given her instructions on how to alter your jacket!

  28. Marcello

    September 16, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Right on!

  29. JL

    September 16, 2011 at 12:41 am

    those look like vintage stock that designers DIY’d to give is a modern twist ..
    very cost effective project to jump start any wardrobe .. though not my kind of DIY

  30. marissa

    September 16, 2011 at 2:01 am

    more posts like this please!

  31. Itsthenewblack

    September 16, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Have to agree, runway shows are about inspiration, getting you in the fashion mood, provoking creativity & encouraging us to experiment with our style- hair, make-up what have you. I love watching the shows- yeah you want to buy the clothes & look like the model that’s wearing them but that’s just loving a visual- its natural… Its why we love it too cos it makes you dream and allows us to be swept away in the theatrics. But it also makes us get excited about what we’re gonna wear next, in our own way- change -it- up. DIY like you say!
    Love it – & love the commentary also.. X

  32. Chitraa

    September 16, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Thats a great idea!

  33. Tash

    September 16, 2011 at 3:21 am

    I can only agree with some of the comments above: it is absolutely great to read your blog nowadays. Scott, your comments are really inspiring, hope you will continue with that in the future!!

  34. Fashionthroughtravel

    September 16, 2011 at 3:22 am

    It’s so great that you started to write more now! Your photos are really great, but when they come with some words of wisdom, they’re even better!

  35. J.Panda

    September 16, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Great words coming from a great photographer.

  36. Reptilia

    September 16, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Just fabulous!!!


  37. Eileen

    September 16, 2011 at 3:31 am

    i second Rese’s thoughts! =)

  38. Tuba

    September 16, 2011 at 3:32 am

    I love Phillip Lim ! He is so NY !
    My favorite designer ever !!!!!!

  39. Karlijn

    September 16, 2011 at 3:39 am

    You are the best :-)

  40. Alessio

    September 16, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Beautiful look and beautiful model!

  41. Sarah

    September 16, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Im sure 3.1 Phillip Lim is thrilled with this post :)

  42. Elsbeth

    September 16, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I love your commentary and perspective on your pictures. Hope you will continue that! And it’s so true what you say, especially “Shows aren’t something that should make you feel bad about not being able to afford what you’re seeing, or not looking like a model. Instead, they should just be pure inspiration for color, silhouette, genre, pattern matching…and DIY projects”. I can only say AMEN to that! Thanks for sharing!

  43. Purseandco

    September 16, 2011 at 5:14 am

    What a cute idea! I love the jacket with cut sleeaves but my boyfriend don’t understand

  44. Julie

    September 16, 2011 at 5:15 am

    I agree with you. I like the way you said out loud what is whispered hopes.This jacket is gorgeous.

  45. haapi

    September 16, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Excellent post. It seems that every style website and column nowadays is nothing but an ad. Women showing off their branded shoes and purses, fashion “journalists” crowing how “fabulous” everything and everyone is, photographers who photoshop models into nothingness, editors who behave unethically and become famous in spite of (or because of?) their bad behavior…it’s all become too much. Reading your simple and insightful post, I’m happy that a fashion professional and thought leader out there has not forgotten about what makes fashion so interesting: style!!

  46. ella

    September 16, 2011 at 5:50 am

    It’s got that Balenciaga back look that’s great!

  47. Claire

    September 16, 2011 at 6:39 am

    You said it – they are fabulous inspiration as well as dream making – love a bit of DIY x

  48. Nomadic D

    September 16, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Agreed! Not sure I love this look (lots of extra stiff denim is not the best look on a lot of people I think), but I think you’re absolutely right, runway shows, high-end fashion, all things fashion in general, are there to inspire us and to bring out something new in us. Fashion should not be depressing, it should be liberating and exhilarating.

  49. antique engagement rings

    September 16, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Denims always cool… !

  50. erica

    September 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

    This jeans jacket is really awesome! Thak you for posting it.

  51. songbird

    September 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

    i have dug up a few old denim jackets from my closet.i am so looking forward to this denim trend.

  52. Milena

    September 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I like the size and the cut off arms but not so much the splits down at the bottom. Great DIY though!

  53. Vivian

    September 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Wow, thank you :)

  54. Linda

    September 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I have to say I am taking a whole new look at the items in my closet and thinking of wearing them in new ways. I recently saw a look on the blog and while perusing the local Good Will, found a sweater almost identical to a look posted for $6.00 and it gives some other items in my closet a new chic look.


    September 16, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Okay, that denim jacket is simply amazing! I love that belt detail!

  56. read my lips

    September 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I’ve bought a second hand denim jacket recently but I’m not going to cut the sleeves off. That jacket is great for autumn!

  57. demi

    September 16, 2011 at 9:22 am

    As you say, sometimes the “expensive” clothes are available if we use a little our imagination…

  58. Dan

    September 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Like the thought of DIY, brings a lot more individuality to your wardrobe. But I don’t like this jacket at all. It’s too big, doesn’t look right, seems like she’s one of those hipsters I am so sick of. Being one of a kind, yes please, glorifying the trash-look, no thanks.

  59. Ian

    September 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Please don’t steal and cut up my denim jacket.

  60. Eva

    September 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

    love this look

  61. Daniela

    September 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

    yess!!! Denim Jackets are back!!! This post made my day.

    PD: This jacket is gorgeous!!

  62. Laura

    September 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Once again thank you for iterating the difference between fashion AND style. You can be decked out in luxe brands but have zero sense of style.

  63. Theresa Neef

    September 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for this reminder, Scott. It’s definitely easy to be intimated by all the imagery from fashion week. DIY is awesome!

  64. Angelia

    September 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Just had a similar post, this is so true, if you live in a remote area-we never get most styles, so we “create” our style.
    Thanks, for all the inspiration.

  65. Eleanor

    September 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    You make me very happy when you remember us who cannot afford. I am always looking for looks that are already in my closet but just need a reassembly. Hearing you SUGGEST it just makes me feel like a real person. We don’t have to buy more stuff to be stylish. PS. Good for you and Garance riding your bikes around. Find a cool helmet yet? I’m still looking!

  66. monkeyshines

    September 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    chic vest!


  67. Jerome

    September 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I like it, a lot

  68. Marcel Da Chump

    September 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I haven’t worn a blue denim jacket since the early 1970′s. It was during my fourth grade in school, so I guess I was around 1o/11 years old. It was a Lee and I drew graffiti all over its back. That was the style back in the day in the boogie down Bronx.

  69. Eline

    September 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    This is an awesome idea!

    x Eline – On high heels you’re closer to the sky

  70. Lela

    September 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    It takes true knowledge and understandig for fashion to actually be able to make a comment like that. This is simply the reason why I read your blog. I think alot of people have forgotten the purpose of fashion. This is the fashion centery, well that’s how I see it anyway. And right now people have so much focus on the shallow aspect.

    How to be skinny, buy the exspensive items, to impress eachtoher and to (alot of the time) copy eachother. When I was twelve years old I used to cut my black socks and make a necklace out of it. I remember alot of kids used to tease me for it. I did it because it made me happy, and it gave me inspiration for some reason.

    I see my friends, and bloggers copying eachother. Being scared of not being fashionable enough and original at the same time. What I love about this blog is that every person have their own style. They might be right in the moment, but they have their own style.

    Thank you for that!

    Lela, Norway (explains my bad english)

  71. osaid

    September 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    A round of applause to the blog.Much many thanks. Want more.

  72. Лена

    September 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    true words. fashion became some kind of fetish.

  73. Elaine

    September 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Great words of assurance for a struggling up start. Ive been customizing vintage denim jackets since I was 13, by the way. And letting them gracefully disintegrate. Can’t say I like this look much but the words are excellent.

  74. Nemee

    September 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I loved this piece! This collection was so beautiful!

  75. Spinster

    September 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    ‘steal your boyfriend’s denim jacket’ Haha! Because it’s all about being thrifty right and all fashionistas have man candy and when the two of you break up he’ll be sending you the bill. Anyway I like black denim jackets best. Blue ones make me feel like a gradeschooler.

  76. Martine

    September 17, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Yes; Majority of women have a significant a male other, and those who prefer to date other women or who have no one to date will usually have a male friend willing to give up an old jean jacket. Also there are thrift stores. And Yes; The truth is that male clothing looks great on women, while female clothing generally does not look good on men, except tall, thin, and pretty men who look good in everything. So there is no need to be clever about those points, really.
    I have an oversized jacket, but Im not cutting the sleeves off. Might do the waist thing. But only if I take it to a tailor and put in a zipper like the one in the picture so I can zip it back up. People can take things to a tailor and probably come up with their own original version on a trend for a good price.

  77. Martine

    September 17, 2011 at 3:12 am

    You know, I can’t quite agree. When I see fashion shows on any blog, I don’t like it. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love to see them, but more like in look book form. But here I am not appreciative of the photographer showing me what he wants me to see, rather then what the designer wants me to see. I may not make much sense here, but then who is the artist? The designer, or the photographer? But I love seeing photos outside the shows, and the audience, and even the other photographers… but as for the actual show I prefer to see all the outfit top to bottom, and most likely somewhere like or I just feel unfocused.

  78. michelle

    September 17, 2011 at 5:47 am

    love this denim jacket!

  79. clarity enhanced diamonds

    September 17, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Love the look…. and your photos!

  80. Mertxe Hernández

    September 17, 2011 at 8:14 am

  81. Max

    September 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    The most beautiful jacket i’ve ever seen

  82. Meo

    September 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    wow!!! love this jacket! Love the look|!!!!

  83. Katarzyna

    September 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I love what you’ve written here. that’s totally true. it’s sad that some people think they must have billions on their bank account to be able to ‘use’ fashion and show their personality through clothes. heh, I hope those people will read this post xx

  84. Marina Soler

    September 19, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I really love this denim style!

  85. rina

    September 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    thanks sartorialist, for this post!

  86. Jane

    September 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    This denim vest can also transform to a backpack. Amazing! Phillip Lim is always thinking about how modern girls want to dress.

  87. stylemailbox

    September 20, 2011 at 8:20 am

    i really loved this collection and that jacket is very cool 90s. i might have to take your suggestion. first, i need to get a boyfriend! then, steal his jacket…. hehe.

    come follow me!

  88. garden gnome arts

    September 22, 2011 at 7:41 pm


    g a r d e n g n o m e a r t s

  89. ERyung

    September 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    It’s gooood!!!!
    I’m forward to next summer~!!!!
    Jean jacket can change like that design.
    It looks more chic!

  90. Mama'sBoy

    September 29, 2011 at 2:23 am

    I speak for boyfriends everywhere–we are going to be maaaaaaaad if this comes to Pass! ; )


    September 24, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I don’t like it

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