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EXCLUSIVE: Phillip Lim on Being Ephemeral, Elegant, and Exploratory

Phillip Lim may have launched his now globally successful line at age 31 (hence 3.1 Phillip Lim as the brand name) but to hear him tell it, his start as a designer came much younger. “It all started when I was four, and very cognizant of just clothes,” the designer tells Gilt StyleFile. Coming from a seamstress mother who was a Chinese immigrant and a professional poker player father, the first generation American grew up in Southern California with expectations of fulfilling the American dream and becoming “a doctor, lawyer, maybe a businessman.” Who knew all those years ago in Orange County that Phillip Lim would indeed grow up to be such a successful entrepreneur, producing over ten collections a year for men and women, with stores scattered in cities all over the globe including NYC, Seoul, Tokyo, and yes, Los Angeles?

But it’s still only the beginning for the creative force as he enters the seventh year of his brand and plans the next phase of his business. “I am 38 now and I still feel very exploratory,” Lim says. “So I think in the next five years it’s along the same lines of exploring what we’ve done, and refining it and improving it and establishing it more.” But even as Lim defines a global brand, he continues to defy easy labeling, sliding between highly coveted pieces like his 31 Hour Bag and comic book-inspired Fall 2012 collection (more on that later). And, it turns out, it’s intentional that Lim avoids the easy monikers that press is so often willing to give young designers. “There’s a whole school of tricksters, this whole philosophy of doing things that people can’t catch and label. I like that… I’m still learning about what my tagline is.”



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Fashion Week Begins! Pastels, Shorts and Brights Emerge

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is off to a muggy bang in NYC, and from presentations in Tribeca to shows at Lincoln Center, designers are showing their finest for Spring 2013. Kate Spade New York (above left) filled a showroom with models straight out of the Swinging Sixties with charming clutches, polka dots galore, and darling dresses, all in fun shades like hot pink and mint green. You couldn’t help but leave the presentation with a grin on your face!

And a softer color palette is emerging, with dusty pastels like mauve, sand, and cornflower blue popping up on runways from Peter Som to Richard Chai Love to Costello Tagliapietra. Shorts are the big news on the runway, with everything from swingy satin shorts that hover at the top of the thigh to slim, tapered Bermudas falling at the knee. If that’s not enough reason to get you to the gym over the winter, cutouts are popping up all over as well, with BCBG Max Azria (above right) making a strong case for how to make them sexy but sophisticated.

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