3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2013, currently available for pre-order via Moda Operandi, doesn't hold many surprises for those who are already familiar with Lim's brand of clean, functional minimalism. What the collection does have, though, is plenty of bags over which Lim's ardent fans will surely go gaga. The early winner is the white-and-black colorblocked 31 Hour Bag, above, which also comes in clutch and wallet form. This type of ultra-neutral colorblocking feels lightyears more interesting than the bright alternative.
There are also a few cues from Celine, namely the Pashli totes in a combination of black leather and croc-embossed black suede, which recalls a very popular version of the Celine Trapeze. As an accessory company, Lim's line has shaped up to be Celine would-be baby sister, with a similarly clean, modern aesthetic, just at a more achievable price point. Not a bad place to be at all. If you want to get your hands on the bags in the slideshow below, you can pre-order them through December 31 at Moda Operandi.