Fashion and comics are two worlds that rarely collide (Batman-print Asos dresses aside). But with comic book culture becoming ever more prevalent, whether it’s San Diego Comic Con or the release of The Dark Knight Rises, it wasn’t going to be long before fashion brands sat up and took note. Phillip Lim, however, has gone the whole way and created his own comic book!
Kill the Night, the front cover of which features masked models strutting their stuff against a dark cityscape, was inspired by classic neo-noir graphic novels Sin City and V for Vendetta. It hasn’t come completely out of left field, as Lim’s last collection (pre-fall 2012) was also heavily inspired by comics, with bright ‘Ka-pow’ prints emblazoned on bags and sweatshirts (one of which, above, made an appearance on the San Diego Comic Con red carpet, worn by Dr Who’s Karen Gillan). Whilst the comic book is billed as ‘The World’s Most Fashionable Comic Book’ and will be released on Fashion’s Night Out, it has not shied away from its nerd quotient, given that it was created by John Ostrander and artist Jan Duursema, both of whom have worked on the Star Wars comic books series. In a statement Lim explained, “The comic book became the natural medium to tell this story. A story of duality and metamorphosis, day and night, black and white, love and betrayal. Things are not what they seem.”Whilst we’ll have to wait until 6 September to find out the whole story, the sneak peeks released so far indicate there will be enough posing and ass-kicking to bring a whole new meaning to the term ‘super’ model!