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3.1 Philip Lim - Fall/Winter 2010 - Footwear Collection

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American fashion designer Philip Lim is one of the fast favorites in the American fashion scene, and remained so after he was awarded the 2007 CFDA Emerging Talent in Womenswear Award for his work as the creative director for his eponymous label, 3.1 Philip Lim. While Philip Lim is known for his flattering, feminine and romantic silhouettes, the designer had branched out into menswear and brought the delicate nuances into his men's line without sacrificing the masculine touches.

Since 2006, the designer has been known for injected a street sensibility and elegance into his designs that Vogue has once praised as "pretty-but-cool-clothes" that "don't try too hard". Taking the same concept and aesthetics into his men's line, his casual yet sophisticated collection caters to perfectly to the contemporary customer who are gobbling up items that tread the fine line between dressy and nonchalant.

For his Fall/Winter 2010 footwear, Lim gives a laudable performance by bringing an attention to detail reserved for luxury labels into an extremely wearable and aesthetically accessible collection. Not to mention, in a world when many designers turn to hybrids as a creative and energizing twist, Lim executes the concept of fusion to pitch perfect creativity. In this collection, we spot high-top sneakers that draw inspiration from loafers and perhaps hiking boots. Aside from two particularly attention-commanding mixed animal-print pony-hair sneakers, the stand out piece in the collection has to be the tassle buckle sneaker. The high-top sneaker is crafted from a mix of tweed and leather, and the interesting details added include the loafer tassels on the bottom of the tongue, and a buckle which brings a tough, boot vibe to the sneakers. These sneakers also incorporate a rock-worthy zipper detail that also facilitates wearing (hurray for those who hate tying laces).

It seems like the designer will continue to surprise men with good work, as he has done for the ladies. via: OWN