Phillip Lim admits to a little artist envy. The designer wishes he had time to devote to creating artwork, but considering the pace of the fashion industry, he’s going to have to wait until later in life.
Still, that didn’t keep Lim from creating a “makeshift painters’ studio” in his New York City showroom to display his spring 3.1 Phillip Lim men’s collection. The offering explored the life of a painter, which he described as “an artist/moonlighter/multitasker who devotes himself to his art, while navigating his way through the modern world.”
Inspired by the works of Ellsworth Kelly, Jackson Pollock, Cy Twombly and others, Lim literally started with a blank canvas, offering up a paint-splattered assortment of aprons, smocks and raw denim that blended a workwear aesthetic with a modern sensibility.