Phillip Lim punches up haute couture with graphic novel
Designers can send bald female models with facial hair down the runway and make Kermit the Frog plushies look cool, so why wouldn't they team up with the badass illustrator of Star Wars to make a comic book?
And that's exactly what Phillip Lim did. Said to be the inspiration behind his Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Phillip Lim 3.1 collection, Kill The Night is the latest graphic novel by a fashion designer. Or maybe, the only one. Co-written by Lim himself and John Ostrander and drawn by Jan Duursema, the comic book reflects themes of the pervious season's collection, duality and metamorphosis, day and night, black and white, love and betrayal. You get the point, nothing too sappy, just in your face pow! action. The collection, not surprisingly, is filled with structured pieces, bold stripes, and blacks and whites with pops of color.
The comic is set to launch on September 6 at Vogue's Fashion Night Out, which marks the kickoff of New York Fashion Week. But with the can of comic-book-worms opened, we wonder, will there be more fashionistas or Comic-Con connoisseurs flocking to the next runway show? Either way, hats off to Phillip Lim, for bringing the two together.