54 posts tagged "Phillip Lim"
Fly a kite atop a skyscraper? Why not! For Fall ’14, Phillip Lim decided to give his woman a name, and it was Soleil. “She’s a fun and culturally curious woman whose world was somewhere between instant and pop culture,” Lim told Style.com. For his latest campaign, the designer tapped Tilda Lindstam to portray Soleil in all her free-spirited glory. Shot on location in New York by Vincent van de Wijngaard, the heady snaps, which debut exclusively here, depict Lindstam flying to and fro on a swing in the sky and flying a black kite on the roof of a Manhattan building. “It rained all day and it was freezing cold, so we were all wrapped in blankets on this rooftop in the middle of the city—it was quite peculiar but fitting in a way,” recalled Lim. “The swing was specifically designed and constructed on the roof of the building, there were moments that the natural forces took over and the whole swing was swinging off center. It was pretty scary at times—it looked like she was going to swing straight off the edge!”
A continuation of the Spring campaign, Fall’s images center around the concept of freedom. “‘Freedom’ is something that we have always built into our messaging because there is something that speaks to us all in its meaning. The freedom that I am afforded by remaining independent is something that I am really proud of,” explained Lim. And it seems like that freedom is serving the designer well—he’s preparing to celebrate his tenth anniversary next year, and will be opening a new flagship on Soho’s Great Jones Street this September.
The Spring ’15 menswear collections have marched down the catwalk in London, Florence, and Milan, and tomorrow, will kick off in Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Spring ’15 previews is available here.
WHO: 3.1 Phillip Lim
WHEN: Thursday, June 26
WHAT: “Street prep.” —Phillip Lim. The designer sent us a Spring ’15 inspiration image, above.
The Tao of Tao Okamoto: A Sneak Preview of the Japanese Supermodel’s Photo Exhibition Celebrating Her Fifteen-Year Career-------
Tao Okamoto is a “model” in every sense of the word. Since she began appearing on runways and in glossy editorial spreads fifteen years ago, the Japanese beauty has become one of the industry’s most sought-after faces (and helped break down barriers for Asian catwalkers). In recent years, Okamoto has extended her influence beyond fashion. In 2011, she helped raise funds and awareness for victims of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked her home country. Last summer, Okamoto made her acting debut in the X-Men blockbuster The Wolverine. Keeping up her silver-screen streak, she was cast in the upcoming action flick, out in 2016, Batman vs. Superman, and also made her first TV appearance in the new Japanese miniseries Chi no Wadachi.
Adding to her already-full plate, Okamoto has found time in the past year to do a special series of shoots—commissioned by her New York agency, The Society Management—with fifteen emerging photographers to honor her fifteen-year-long career. The resulting exhibition, Tao Okamoto 15, will be unveiled tonight at Hudson Studios in Manhattan and is open to the public for one day only. On view are unique images lensed by up-and-coming talents including Max Snow, Victor Demarchelier, and Santiago & Mauricio. An exclusive sneak peek of Tim Richardson’s portrait debuts here on Style.com. Below, we spoke with Okamoto about her latest showcase, balancing acting and modeling, and more.
Do you have any interesting on-set memories from the photo shoots for your new exhibition?
I remember the Maurizio Bavutti [shoot]. It was just the day before my movie premiere, and it was a funny experience because I looked totally different from one day to the next—from being covered in clay, which was an edgy, artistic look, to a glamorous Hollywood look.
Had you collaborated with any of these photographers before, and did you enjoy working with any one of them in particular?
I hadn’t worked with any of them before, but each and every one of them surprised me because they all had very unique, exciting ideas, so I can’t pick only one. I just followed and fit myself into each of their worlds.
How have your recent acting roles changed your outlook on modeling?
I think they’ve allowed me to become more fearless and to express myself in a bigger way. Acting has also freshened me up to the subject of photography.
You sat in quite a few front rows during the Fall ’14 shows [Chanel, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and Calvin Klein, to name a few]. What was it like watching fashion from the sidelines as opposed to walking down the runway?
I’ve always loved fashion and, of course, enjoyed my experiences walking on runways, but I love watching the shows as well! Now I understand more why it’s such a big deal for the industry, and why people work so hard before and during fashion weeks. It’s interesting to see the same things from a different angle.
Are there any designers whom you admire or credit for your success?
I cannot thank Phillip Lim enough for bringing me to the stage I’m at right now. He also made a special dress for my movie premiere in Japan last summer. There are a few more designers who I have strong relationships with, as more than just a model. I will always remember how they appreciated me at the beginning of my career, and I would love to repay them as an actress somehow if I can.
Do your fans miss that signature bowl haircut you sported a few years ago?
I hear that a lot and really appreciate it, but I don’t plan to return to that haircut at the moment. I’m enjoying my new look!
In general, how do you unwind?
When I feel stressed, I [do] karaoke and sing for hours!
Tao Okamoto 15 debuts tonight (7 to 10:30 p.m.) at Hudson Studios, 601 West 26th St., 13th floor, and will be on view to the public through Friday, May 9.
The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: 3.1 Phillip Lim
WHERE: New York
WHEN: Monday, February 10
WHAT: “Amplification.”—Phillip Lim. The designer sent us a Fall ’14 inspiration image, above.
We feel a trend coming on…after the up-and-comers behind Highland telling us that freedom was at the center of their budding brand and Phillip Lim asserting that the same liberty was the spirit of his Spring ’14 campaign, BLK DNM’s Johan Lindeberg has now turned out a freedom-focused Wild poster, which debuts exclusively here. Starring Arizona Muse on horseback, the guerrilla campaign is the ninth in BLK DNM’s Wild series, with previous posters featuring the likes of Gisele, Karen Elson, and Kenza Fourati. “BLK DNM is inspired by people who step out on the street and say what they really think is right. It’s about having the freedom to express your true intuition, whether it’s through painting, protest, poetry, or photography,” Lindeberg told Style.com. “Freedom is one of the most essential values in life. My daughter Blue says she still remembers starting to scream out ‘freedom’ for the first time when she was 4 years old.”
The designer, who lensed the campaign himself just outside Paris, explained that he got the idea to snap Muse on horseback after learning that she grew up riding in Santa Fe. “I love horses—they’re very calming. But the first horse we used got a little crazy and nearly took off with Arizona. Fortunately, she knew how to get control before he reached the woods.” Sounds like that steed knew a little something about freedom, too.