He's the One
In the current retail climate, there's extra reason to celebrate when an enterprising young designer's store reaches its first anniversary. On Wednesday night, Vogue and Rachel Bilson pulled out all the stops to toast Phillip Lim and his 5,000-square-foot, 12-month-old, foam-walled L.A. boutique. While listening to the DJ stylings of Devendra Banhart and Myles Hendrik (cue a mix of Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, and Blondie), partygoers reflected on the secret of Lim's success. "He's affordable and he hits that very good mix of modern and vintage," said Molly Sims, who just placed an order from the label's lingerie collection. "I wore him last night, too," said Kristen Bell, in a dress with a pleated skirt. "I do like me some Phillip Lim. The fits are just phenomenal and he doesn't hesitate to take chances with colors and fabrics." Bilson, who charmed the crowd in a bronze blazer and shorts set, echoed the sentiments: "You just feel like you're going to have fun wearing his stuff."
Speaking of fun, revelers were treated to a performance in front of the shop by English rock band the Duke Spirit (frontwoman Liela Moss is one of the designer's muses). "This is my hometown, so I have to represent," said Lim, who rocked a pair of studded loafers from his Fall collaboration with Christian Louboutin. He also has stores in New York and Toyko, but he said of L.A.: "I get to see my family and best friends. There's nothing like coming home."