The most common refrains heard when photographers swarm during Fashion Week is, “Who is that?” followed by, “What, exactly, does she do?” But at 3.1 Phillip Lim, the It Girls lining the front row were of the hard-working variety. Both Annie Clark, better known as the singer-songwriter St. Vincent, and Oh Land took a break from recording to attend the show alongside Gia Coppola, who’s been busy shooting videos for fashion brands like United Arrows.
In fact, Oh Land has found her Phillip Lim 31 Hour bag quite useful when it comes to toting things in and out of the studio; “I use it all the time—I put my dog in it!” While the Danish musician prefers packing capes when she’s on tour (“It’s really easy to just throw one on and then you don’t have to think about combining a lot of stuff”), when she’s working on new tunes it’s all about light and airy pieces. “I feel like I need to wear loose clothes when I’m recording, and I can’t wear any jewelry, because I need to feel free. So I usually wear really big shirts with flower prints or something that reminds me of freedom,” she explains.
Coppola also stays away from overly fussy pieces while working. “You need comfortable shoes because you’re standing all day—definitely not [heels],” she noted. And don’t expect to see her in the same leather pants she wore to the Lim show; as she explained, “I don’t wear leather that often—there’s definitely a time and a place, you need to be at the right event.”
But of the three, no one has embraced easy dressing like Clark. “I read once that Albert Einstein picked out one outfit and just stuck with it, and I tend to do that—my style is Einsteinian,” she said, laughing. “I’ve been wearing these Phillip Lim leather shorts for far too long!” It makes packing for tours easy, since Clark usually just brings “a lot of black, because it doesn’t show when it’s dirty—I kind of have a uniform on tour.” As someone who performs for a living, she has trouble just sitting back and enjoying fashion shows. “I still get nervous—for the models! I’m worried that they’re going to trip,” Clark admits. Luckily for her—and everyone else at Phillip Lim—the show went on without a hitch.