Phillip Lim : Sono Mama My Café Racer
After the 1960s, Cafe Racer Culture became an underground sub-culture and phenomenon, spreading from Italy, France, and to other parts of Europe. The term, “Cafe Racer,” stems from a derogatory term used to describe racers who parked outside cafes and coffee shops. Similar to choppers and bobbers in the USA, Cafe Racers were interested in modifying their rides and taking a minimalist approach. The smaller the means of transportation, the better.
Recently Phillip Lim presented his FW13 collection titled, “Sono Mama,” which in Japanese means, “As you are.” While loosely inspired by the European Cafe Racer Culture, Lim’s collection was also rooted in many other parts of American and Japanese culture as well.
One of the strongest and most memorable items in the collection was Lim’s light washed denim riding suit, covered with Harley-Davidson-like patches, and worn underneath a sleeveless black leather motorcycle jacket.
The collection was filled with long, beautiful winter coats, pant suits with winged lapels, raw-edged leather motorcycle jackets, open toed knee high boots, and really intricate knit sweaters. Also quite striking was Lim’s appliqued fur tops. Slightly evolved from his previous collection, there were obvious and notable similarities to his patchwork from fall winter 2012. Lim’s ability to build upon ornate contrivances and showcase his journey seasonally make him exciting to watch.
Images via Phillip Lim