Phillip Lim (born 1973 or
1974) is an American fashion designer of Chinese ancestry.
He was awarded the 2007
Fashion Designers of America
Emerging Talent in Womenswear
award for his work as creative director of 3.1 Phillip Lim. He
worked at the label Development from 2000 to 2004, and has been the
head of 3.1 Phillip Lim from 2004 to present.
For the line's fall 2006 collection, Lim aimed to "inject some
'street elegance'" into his designs. Laird Borrelli of Vogue
praised his work as a
"pretty-but-cool clothes" that "don't try too hard".
Lim's spring 2007 collection, his first runway presentation, was
initially marred by problems with lighting. The show, however, was
praised as "lovely" by Nicole Phelps of Vogue
, who said
Lim proved himself to be an "accomplished tailor". His clothes were
romantic and predominantly white, with occasional navy and floral
elements. Phelps noted Lim's "knack for combining the dressy and
the casual", saying that "Lim knows how fashionable women want to
The line's fall 2007 collection was inspired by socialite Edith Bouvier Beale
and meant to embody
what Lim called "pedigree minus prudence". In what Phelps described
as Lim's "most ambitious collection by far", Lim showed prep-school
plaids and debutante-inspired dresses.
For his Resort 2008 collection, Lim revisited his standby
fall 2008 collection at Bryant Park, Phillip Lim was so confident and organised that he
was seen sitting frontrow at Richard Chai an hour before his runway