Editorial — Editorial of the Month – September – Phillip Lim – Bon – SS11

Phillip Lim is a designer who has gained a large and still growing following for his classic, deceptively simple and immensely wearable clothes. His is a style that fits perfectly with American fashion’s idea of who or what it is and, as such, he is tipped to be one of the next generation of internationally influential American designers. Advocated by the powerful and admired by the broader public, descriptions of Lim often focus on his down-to-earth manner, his work ethic and general lack of fashion diva tantrums.

Phillip Lim - Bon - SS11

Phillip Lim - Bon - SS11

And, although that subtle shift in seasons alerts us to the fact that we should be shortly expecting Bon’s autumnal offering, there are a lot worse things that one could do with the first few days of September than to read Linda Leopold’s interview/article on the emerging American fashion star in the still current issue of Bon.

Effectively one of the features in Bon’s regular section ‘The Answers’ – that not surprisingly constitutes of interviews – it’s a candid insight into both Philip Lim the person and his design process. An encounter in Lim’s quirky Manhattan home addresses everything from his experience of growing up as the child of Chinese immigrants to the USA to his rather laid back and playful approach to the construction of garments and the fabrics from which they might be made. The answers to Linda’s questions are juxtaposed with a more factual and informative article recapping Lim’s career that makes for interesting reading in its own right.

In particular, the account of Lim’s current success in a China that seems eager to embrace one of its children’s children and exactly what that means to Phillip and his family is particularly poignant.

It is also accompanied by Nagi Sakai’s shoot of Phillip Lim’s designs, styled by Karina Givargisoff, that proves a perfect marriage between Lim’s own uncluttered style and Bon’s penchant for clean lines and pared down imagery.

Phillip Lim - Bon - SS11 Photo: Nagi Sakai

Phillip Lim - Bon - SS11 Photo: Nagi Sakai