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DESIGNER OF THE MONTH: PHILLIP LIM

1 Sep

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Designer, Phillip Lim had no idea how big his name was going to be when he debuted his first fall collection in February 2005. Fast- forward to 2013 and 3.1 Phillip Lim is seen on the bodies of celebrities, in countless issues of Vogue, and on September 15, the clothing racks of Target.

Born in Thailand in 1973, Lim had no idea that designing was his calling. “I never equated the love of clothes with being a fashion designer. In fact, being a fashion designer was not in my universe, it was only about how clothes made me feel and the potential I saw in changing the clothes I owned. I can remember as early as 8 years old, picking out my own clothes, asking my mother to alter the clothes I had, and the passion I felt when I would have the perfect outfit.” That passion led him to become the creative genius that singlehandedly transformed the world of fashion by offering designer quality pieces at contemporary prices.

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Lim took on an internship at Katayone Adeli which, later, turned into a job as a design assistant. From there he went on to design for Paul Frank Industries before launching Development in 2000 with business partners Andy Crane and Stuart Gaddis. Development was a small label created for the girl in her twenties who appreciates a more simple design with easy shapes and basic colors. Lim spent his weekends working out of a garage to build the line he helped create, the first collection brought in six figures worth of orders, a definite premonition of the many successes to come.

4 years and some creative differences later, Lim had ended his tenure with Development. He was unemployed for a mere 24 hours when he received a call and plane ticket to New York from longtime friend, and CEO of a textile manufacturing company that worked with Development, Wen Zhou. 3 days, a taxi cab, and $750,000 later 3.1 Phillip Lim was born, the 3.1 symbolized their age at the time.

Wen Zhou and Phillip Lim

Wen Zhou and Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim debuted in February 2005, showcasing a fall collection that instantly won over journalists and buyers alike. After the success of the fall line, Lim created an accessories collection in September of the same year. From that point on the successes were one after another for the label, with Lim collecting countless awards. Buyers were filling up boutiques and department stores, within six months,sales reached $2.8 million, everyone wanted a piece of his “classic, but twisted” style. Along with the womenswear and accessories line, he also launched menswear, childrenswear, swimwear, lingerie, and even an organic clothing line aptly titled, Go Green Go.

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer Childrenswear 2008

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer Childrenswear 2008

A look at 3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2010.

A look at 3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2010.

Today, 3.1 Phillip Lim is one of the most celebrated and coveted labels of our time, known in over 45 countries and over 400 boutiques, the world is simply in love with Mr. Lim. Target has recently joined in on the fun, with a long awaited collaboration, 5 years in the making. 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is set to debut September 15, and the line is already predicted to be a sell out. Which should come as no surprise for the modest, and stylish visionary that is Phillip Lim.

3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2013

Some stylish offerings from Phillip Lim for Target, debuting September 15th.

Some stylish offerings from Phillip Lim for Target, debuting September 15th.

FASHION NEWS: SARAH JESSICA PARKER + MANOLO BLAHNIK = BEST COLLABORATION EVER!

8 Jun

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Carrie Bradshaw is back and she’s here to stay!  Sarah Jessica Parker is teaming up with Manolo Blahnik.Yes those Manolos! The same shoes that became a constant staple and instant fashion hit for six seasons on ‘Sex and the City’. The actress and the CEO of Manolo Blahnik, George Malkemuso are creating a line of bags, shoes, and trenches. During an interview with VOGUE, Parker announced the news saying,  “In a silly way, I think it’s what people have expected of me most because of Carrie Bradshaw.”

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So what can fans and fashionistas expect from the new line, aptly titled ‘SJP’? Well, for starters the line will run exclusively at Nordstrom early next year. The line will feature pumps and flats which will run between $200 and $300. “Because I got to play that role, I wore a lot of shoes,” Parker said. “And by  default I learned an enormous amount. It’s hard to walk away from that.”

Carrie Bradshaw!

Carrie Bradshaw!

Bags and trenches are also part of the fashionable menu.  “We’re putting new colors together that people don’t typically do, just  beautiful combinations that you wish existed in your closet.”  Don’t be surprised if your bag has a vintage feel to them, Parker is getting inspiration from “the period of the seventies into the  eighties”.

Foreshadowing of whats to come? SJP holding the famous Manolo Blahnik, from the SATC movie, at a Fashion's Night Out event in 2011.

Foreshadowing of whats to come? SJP holding the famous Manolo Blahnik, from the SATC movie, at a Fashion’s Night Out event in 2011.

So, SJP is bringing Carrie back! Some call this irony, I call it fashion fate! 2014 is looking better than ever!

Are you as excited to hear this as I am?  Will the SJP Collection be a MESS or a YES?

FASHION FIND: “AIN’T LAURENT WITHOUT YVES”

24 Jan

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Obviously, someone is reading the minds of fashonistas and fashionistos alike. “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves” , four words that singlehandedly summed up last year’s biggest fashion story. Yves Saint Laurent went to Saint Laurent Paris within the blink of an eye, causing an uproar that has since been quieted, until now.  This fashionably anonymous person has expressed their opinion on both a sweat shirt and a t-shirt, available for pre-order at yves.bigcartel.com. Will you be wearing one?