Phillip Lim debuted his eponymous collection, 3.1 phillip lim, in 2005 to instant success, both critically and commercially.

3.1 phillip lim’s raison d’etre is making beautiful clothes with added touches of madness, striving towards the imperfection. The result is a creation of individual looks that are unexpected, unplanned, but completely relevant. Accordingly, Lim says, “3.1 is about clothes that refine instead of define. A refinement that’s a bit classic in attitude, but imparts a sense of individual style, without looking or feeling forced. Confident, unidentifiable, chic and most of all effortless.”



For Fall, I was thinking about the tension between Disco and Punk, and a woman who is classic but has a penchant for Baroque adornment. We've used shades like 'Jonquil' and 'Dorado' in very modern insets and collars where the sparkle is veiled inchiffon. Swarovski's modern approach to creating crystals in the most inspiring colors and shapes was the starting point to enhancing the idea of elegant rebellion in a youthful and unexpected way. – Phillip Lim



The Spring 2008 collection is inspired by the rich tradition and colorful creativity of youthful London in the sixties - an allusion to London bohemia, if you will - through a wry eye. The ‘adventurist’…. in every sense- physical, mental, emotional… including self-expression and self-representation…. the Swarovski crystals play an instrumental role in making the pieces from special to extraordinary. The collection will have grand touches of Swarovski in almost all elements: berets adorned entirely of crystals, hobo satchels with exterior crystal patch pockets, animal print crystal motifs on dresses, and allover floral patterns with touches of crystal.