44 posts tagged "Phillip Lim"
Hyoni Kang can multitask with the best of them. After winning the Ford Supermodel of the World competition in 2008, the 24-year-old Korean model (pictured) has consistently worked with top designers including Jason Wu, Phillip Lim, and Michael Kors. When she’s not running around to castings or photo shoots (she was recently one of the four cover girls for W Korea’s seventh anniversary March issue), Kang keeps busy by designing her clothing label Reborn Process.
Back in 2009, Kang partnered with two friends (one, a stylist; the other, a photographer and Vogue Korea editor) to open Reborn Process as a tiny Soho boutique, where she offered vintage finds reworked by the trio. They’ve since expanded into a full line, now their main focus. (The Crosby Street store has since closed, but they’re looking to eventually reopen in the West Village.)
In the meantime, Kang is also busy working on Play With New York, the online TV show she directs and produces, geared at a Korean audience (it’s currently in Korean). For the six-episode series, which debuted in May at Hyoni-TV.com, Kang scouts and tours neighborhoods including the East Village, Chelsea, and Harlem, calling out insider spots and bringing on guests like fellow models Hanne Gaby Odiele and Shu Pei Qin.
On Thursday night, Kang will host Opening Ceremony’s Fashion’s Night Out event at the Ace Hotel, where Korea will be launched as the retailer’s country of focus for 2013. OC cast Kang in several of its recent lookbooks, and the store also carries Reborn Process (the Fall collection will arrive later this month). “What I love most about Hyoni’s line is that it is a reflection of herself and shows her individuality,” says OC’s Carol Lim, who met Kang when she was interviewed by her for a Korean TV station. “I don’t like how a lot of models wear all-black everything,” Hyoni adds. “You need to have fun with fashion, which I want to be involved with for a long time.”
“I was actually never really a video game or comic book kind of guy—I always just loved clothes,” Phillip Lim tells Style.com. But things have changed for the designer, who looked to neo-noir comic book heroines in V for Vendetta and Sin City for inspiration for his Fall 2012 collection, and he has just come out with his very own comic book (with the help of illustrator Jan Duursema, of Star Wars fame, and her prolific co-writer John Ostrander). “The idea of dual lives and a heroine with an inner strength was where it all started,” he says, citing Alexa Chung, Lissy Trullie, and Oh Land as some of his real-life leading ladies. “I am surrounded by these heroines every day, all around me, so it seemed fitting to make the city in my head come alive.” Will we be seeing the theme continue into Spring 2013? “The spirit of the character exists in every collection I do—it is very much the spirit of the Phillip Lim woman,” he says.
Style.com got the exclusive first look at the full book, called Kill the Night, before it debuts on Fashion’s Night Out (he will be on hand at his NYC boutique to sign copies for customers who buy something at the event). For those who aren’t in New York, visit the designer’s Web site (31philliplim.com) to sign up and get a printed copy. Our favorite part? Every superheroine look in the book is shoppable.
From the handbags at Phillip Lim‘s latest ready-to-wear show to the sand-filled Plexiglas heels at Rodarte this past February, it’s pretty safe to say that clear accessories are having a fashion moment. And if we needed further proof, Tommy Ton caught an early adopter of the trend in Milan as she rummaged through her see-through Chanel bag while en route between menswear shows. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite show-all-you’ve-got Perspex accessories from the likes of Charlotte Olympia and Christian Louboutin to buy right now.
From top left to right: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel, $650, available at www.barneys.com; Illesteva Leonard sunglasses, $180, available at www.madisonlosangeles.com; Christian Louboutin Just Picks pumps, $1495, available at www.netaporter.com; Charlotte Olympia Pandora clutch, $845, available at www.netaporter.com.
Due to technical issues, today’s exclusive premiere of the 2012 CFDA Awards on Style.com, originally scheduled for 12 p.m. EDT, will now be screened at 5 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. Highlights and interviews by Tim Blanks from the CFDA red carpet—featuring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Paré, Proenza Schouler, and more—will air as planned at noon. To check out all the highlights, click here.
For many in fashion, L.A. is a full coast away from where the real action is. “Style in L.A. is sort of an oxymoron,” admits former L.A. Times writer and journalist Melissa Magsaysay. “It’s jeans and it’s T-shirts. But what’s wrong with that?” In hopes of changing the conversation surrounding style in the City of Angels, Magsaysay penned City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion, from Bohemian to Rock.
While following the contemporary market in L.A., the author realized that mass market brands were referencing L.A.’s ease and attitude as inspiration—without necessarily wanting to admit it. “No one will acknowledge it because it’s not Dior and Vuitton. But to me, it doesn’t have to be those labels and brands to be stylish, per se.” City of Style combines street-style photography with interviews with some of the city’s reigning tastemakers, ranging from Monique Lhuillier and Trina Turk to Phillip Lim and even Slash. Magsaysay makes the case for L.A.’s own native style archetypes, which need no reference to Paris prêt-à-porter or New York cool: its skaters, surfers, rockers, cholas, bohemians, and glamour-pusses of the old Hollywood screen-star mold. “They’re not trends but actual looks that came about from subcultures, music, and counterculture—what I think are inherent and totally unique to the city,” she says. They hint at an L.A. beyond the old jeans-and-tees cliches, and according to stylist/designers (and City of Style subjects) Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, they may prove more influential than many yet admit—even outside city limits. “In the past decade, L.A. has really come into its own in having a distinctive and relevant fashion sensibility,” the duo tells Style.com.
City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion, from Bohemian to Rock is available at Barnes and Noble May 22.