Phillip Lim
With wave upon ambitious wave of new designers emerging each year, it’s easy for a fledgling womenswear designer to get lost in the shuffle. But in less than a year since debuting his eponymous collection in the fall of 2005, 3.1 phillip lim has already become the must-have collection for young starlets and fashion insiders alike. Lim’s secret is his effortless approach to elegant pieces entirely absent of bells and whistles: “Making beautiful clothes with added touches of madness,” he says. “It’s about the creation of individual looks that are unexpected, unplanned, but completely relevant.” Like many designers, Lim uses his surroundings and personal experiences as a source to inform his themes, silhouettes, and textures. For fall, Lim has introduced rich brushed wool flannel, whisper-light cashmere, and cotton silk velvet with washed lamb shearling as a foundation for his tailored coats, full skirts, and diaphanous dresses. Studded pumps and booties plus suede knee-high boots and generous doctor bags complete the look, yielding a definitive sensibility as timeless as it is progressive.

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