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April 21 2014

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3.1 Phillip Lim Turns Five In Beijing, Cameron Silver Was There For The Party

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I’ve just returned from a weekend in Beijing to celebrate Phillip Lim’s fifth anniversary. It began with a party that drew 2,000 of the designer’s fashionable fans to Lane Crawford for a screening of the 4×3.1 film project, which features four shorts inspired by the Phillip Lim woman. Following the store fête, Lane Crawford president Jennifer Woo hosted a dinner at Green Tea House. Sitting in the famous restaurant’s surreal tail chairs and wielding supersize chopsticks were the film directors Rain Li, Victoria Tang, and Yi Zhou, as well as models Du Juan and Shu Pei, actress Gong Beibi, and Japanese soccer player and style star Hidetoshi Nakata. “Fashion is about the future, so let’s drink up and go,” Lim said as the 40-plus group migrated across the street to mega disco Destination.

The next evening, Audi cars shuttled guests to the historic Dongbianmen Watchtower, where Lim presented a sunset fashion show combining his men’s and women’s Spring 2011 collections. The ancient building was decorated with dramatic fluorescent scaffolding and thick paper chrysanthemums designed by Andrew Ondrejcak, and the Beijing International Children’s Choir sang traditional Chinese songs—eat your heart out, Karl Lagerfeld! The front row was filled with Lim-dressed supporters, including Singapore’s Cindy Chua-Tay, the hot band Super VC (whom I call the Beijing Beatles), Lim’s proud mom Hor Oung, and his BFF Richard Chai. After the show, Team Lim migrated to LAN Club Cabaret to eat and dance into the wee hours. “I feel truly honored to have been invited to show in Beijing,” Lim told me. “This show felt even more special because my mother was present for the first time. The show, the city, the experience has been something I will never forget.”

Photo: Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim

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