Phillip Lim is an American fashion designer of Chinese ancestry.
After studying at California State University at Long Beach, Lim worked for Katayone Adeli as a design assistant. He then spent 22 seasons as creative director and co-founder of Development.
Phillip Lim launched his collection with start-up cash from friend and fabric supplier Wen Zhou in 2004. Almost overnight, his line became both a critical and commercial darling. Lim’s coveted dresses were quickly spotted around town on "It" girls Natalie Portman and Kate Hudson, fueling demand upwards of $12 million wholesale by his third season. His womenswear look combines girlish refinement and laid-back ease with moments of quirky romance. Headbands splashed with Swarovski crystals and shift dresses adorned with pearls exemplify his burgeoning arty side and were rewarded with a CFDA award in 2007.
The muse for Phillip Lim's 3.1 clothing collections is New York City - simple, individualistic and decidedly feminine. Lim adorns luxurious fabrics with unexpected details such as hand stitching and intriguing accents to add dimension and personality to each piece.
Kate Hudson, Kate Bosworth, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley, David Neville, Amanda Brooks, Debra Messing, Camilla Belle