Phillip Lim is indeed an ode to the land of the rising sun

NEW YORK, United States — Phillip Lim doesn’t subscribe to the tyrannical codes that once applied to being a fashion designer. Lim​ is more dreamer than diva, and he’s the first to admit it. Backstage after his Autumn/Winter 2016 show, he discussed reincarnation and, more specifically, how he feels he was certainly Japanese in a past life. He’s not been there lately — there’s a trip planned for March — but the collection was indeed an ode to the land

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Fashion Backpacks, From Mere Trend to Modern Wardrobe Staple

NEW YORK, United States — Two decades ago, it was a simple backpack that first placed Prada squarely on the map, helping to launch the brand as both a fashion empire and a household name. These days, backpacks are mostly associated with the campus culture of schools and Silicon Valley technology companies. But lately, the eminently practical carryalls have re-emerged in the high fashion context, as a street style staple and a retail sellout once again. Miuccia Prada’s famously understated backpack

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At Phillip Lim, Opposites Attract

NEW YORK, United States — Backstage after his show, designer Phillip Lim was in a happy place. He has found a name to represent the character of the woman who symbolised his show. That name was Soleil. But like the saying goes, “don’t let the name fool you.” For this was not a bright, happy go lucky collection of superficial style. Rather Lim tried to cultivate something a bit more challenging for his clients. “She is the sun, but there is

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Seven Top Designers Share Their Best Business Advice

LONDON, United Kingdom — Graduates and entrepreneurs who want to launch their own label have a long, rocky road ahead. Starting a fashion business takes time, talent and a lot of hard work. So, what lessons can be learned from designers who have successfully launched their own labels? Christopher Kane, Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Erdem Moralıoğlu, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto and Thakoon Panichgul share their top piece of advice to a designer starting his or her own business. Christopher Kane

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Phillip Lim Pumps Up the Volume

NEW YORK, United States — Phillip Lim is celebrating the 10th anniversary of 3.1 Phillip Lim, the brand he co-founded with Wen Zhou in 2005. Success has come fast and steady, so the designer has a lot to be proud of, having secured a unique position in the fashion system. He is an author and pushes aesthetic boundaries, yet he keeps the offer relatable and consumer-friendly. Today’s show came complete with a grandiose installation by artist Maya Lin: gigantic dunes of soil

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The China Edit | H&M Voices Confidence, ‘Notorious’ Taobao, Luxury Spending

“H&M Joins Uniqlo in Voicing Confidence Over China Amid Slowdown” (Bloomberg) “Hennes & Mauritz AB is approaching the opening of its 300th store in China as the Swedish retailer sees its brand of affordable clothes appealing to cost-conscious shoppers in the slowing economy.” “Alibaba’s Taobao Faces Call to Be Renamed a ‘Notorious Market’” (Bloomberg) “Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Taobao shopping website should be put back on the U.S. government’s “Notorious Markets” list for failing to stop the sales of fakes, according

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3.1 Phillip Lim’s Off-Kilter Ode to Friendship

NEW YORK, United States — You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but Phillip Lim’s latest collection was inspired, at least in part, by the Muppets, and, more broadly, by friendship, the thing embodied unequivocally by Kermit and his band of fleece, fur and felt misfits. The big idea was translated more literally via a friendship-knot foulard print and friendship-knot details on everything from cropped knits to handbag straps. But peer closely and an abstract of Elmo’s hairline emerges on a top-handle

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Phillip Lim Visits the Land of the Rising Sun

NEW YORK, United States — Phillip Lim doesn’t subscribe to the tyrannical codes that once applied to being a fashion designer. Lim​ is more dreamer than diva, and he’s the first to admit it. Backstage after his Autumn/Winter 2016 show, he discussed reincarnation and, more specifically, how he feels he was certainly Japanese in a past life. He’s not been there lately — there’s a trip planned for March — yet the collection was indeed an ode to the land of the

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This Week on BoF Careers: Bally, Phillip Lim, The Fold

LONDON, United Kingdom — Our Monday Motivation contains curated career advice from leading executives, entrepreneurs and creatives in conversation with BoF. Today’s mantra comes from designer Mary Katrantzou (you can read the full interview here): Take advice from people you respect in the industry. This week, we are pleased to introduce three new partners to BoF Careers: Luxury label Bally was founded more than 160 years ago in Switzerland in 1851. Today the brand is known for its focus on leather goods, which fuse

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