Taking inspirations from neo-noir comics such as Sin City, V for Vendetta, and the Spirit, 3.1 Phillip Lim’s fall collection makes my geeky side scream with desire.

 Viviana channeling Ms. Ava Lord from Sin City in 3.1 Phillip Lim dress

Fendi pumps, 3.1 Phillip Lim Clutch, Dorie Love Earrings
Viviana modeling our take on The Spirit’s hero, Rookie Cop Denny Colt in 
3.1 Phillip Lim skirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim top, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, 
Miu Miu pumps, Yossi Harari earrings & cuff
Being the baby sister born between two brothers, it was hard for me to NOT be a bit tomboyish. My childhood consisted of comic books and action cartoons with my favorite vigilantes. I read a lot of comic books growing up; my favorites have been the DC V for Vendetta series and Frank Miller Batman series. Looking through my collection I can see the use of a lot of dark colors: to denote tone, danger, mystery. Also, I think I have a soft spot for antiheroes with twisted moral consciousness. Both V and Batman suffered tragedies and decided to strike revenge on their oppressors; it’s like watching the Rebels strike back against the Empire in Star Wars. Frank Miller is like the Tim Burton of comics. There is a dark and sinister undertone in his work.
Have you just been geek’d? YES
The one thing that captivates me about the neo-noir style in comics is the very minimal use of bright colors. The most recognized neo-noir Frank Miller creation is Sin City or The Spirit. It is strictly black, white and maybe a touch of red. Think about it, how effective is that from a visual perspective? When babies develop their eyesight, heavy contrast such as black, white and red are prominent among baby toys to grab baby’s attention; it is true as well for adults.
Stimulus overload, and Harley Quinn ;)

Come on now, WE LOVE DRAMA, and we are drawn to contrast and duality, white and black, light and shadow.

Contrast creates depth, manipulating negative and positive space to create illusions – visual mind games. Check out 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Women’s Fall/Winter 2012 Runway how

Really now? Using dramatic pairings to create silhouettes that are all about showing the waist and accentuating the body? Count me in! Add a bit of comic book inspiration – I’m all for it. Which reminds me, have you all watched The Dark Knight Rises? Anne Hathaway is one HOT kitty as cat woman. A leading lady post may have to follow.

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman for "The Dark Knight Rises." 
Photo © Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Entertainment