The original purpose of a belt was to hold up pants at the waist. Clearly, the belt has transformed from a practical tool into a stylish accessory. There were all sorts of belts on the runway in New York.. some for the practical and simple, some for the girly, some for the bold and brave, and some that were simply outrageous (in a good way!). Whatever your style, here are a few of the best of each category that may give you ideas on how to belt your blazer, coat, or your whole upper body!
Black & Simple: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Charlotte Ronson, Doo.Ri, Elie Tahari
Harness/Body Belt: Wayne, L.A.M.B., Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff
Belts with a Purpose: Betsey Johnson, Rag & Bone x2, Reed Krakoff
Thin & Pretty: Carolina Herrera, Chado Ralph Rucci, Jeremy Laing, Oscar de la Renta
“Not Your Usual” Belt: Jeremy Scott, Ohne Titel, Thakoon, Zero + Maria Cornejo
Studded, Embellished, Shiny: Victoria Beckham, Anna Sui, Preen, Diesel Black Gold
Phillip Lim Menswear
Phillip Lim had his first stand-alone menswear collection at the Penn Hotel Ballroom yesterday and Im glad I was able to make it on time. I forgot that 32nd started on Seventh Avenue.. I felt so lost standing on Eighth Ave between 31 and 33rd streets.
The collection had an overall equestrian/militant vibe, full with high strapped boots, structured outerwear, harness belts and hardcore falconry/military gloves.
I’m definitely feeling the aristocracy/Old European look of this collection. My friends know that I am a sucker for outerwear and love the fact that minimal changes in construction can make all the difference. It was great to see a cape come down the runway but I wasnt too crazy about the print.. what do you think?
The leather portfolio made it onto the runway, as did many other bags. I got a schoolboy vibe from the leather backpack/rucksacks as well. These pieces added more dimension to the collection.
Lim also collaborated with IWC. Although I didnt spot them on the runway at the time, gq.com has great close-ups of the timepieces, which are divine.
Sunglasses were featured on the runway as well. The collection had a clear vision and was loaded with pieces that were made for the sales floor. The collection seemed to be disconnected from his previous romantic and subtle seasons but there was a focused story and character in this collection.