3.1 Feet High and Rising

May 16th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

The LA Times published a story recently on Chinese-American designer Phillip Lim (of 3.1 Phillip Lim), a current darling of the fashism world. I’ve always been of the mind that Lim’s designs were inexpensive (relatively speaking), derivative versions of Chloe, Marni, and Marc, and didn’t get all the hooha over the label.

But then I read this story, which made me go, Awww.

Like so many immigrant children who don’t go into professional fields, Lim thinks he’s disappointed his parents, for whom going into fashion was on par with becoming a small-time seamstress. He’s not estranged from his mom, but they have a mutual understanding. He lives his life in New York, she sends him her famous garlic sauce, and they rarely, if ever, discuss work…

“Vogue magazine doesn’t mean anything to her,” Lim says. “She doesn’t know who Anna Wintour is or what Barneys is. She doesn’t know that it’s all about the little white dress.”

Phillip Lim with his mother Hannah

Hardass Asian parents? Check. Obliviousness to Fashism’s Decrees? Check. I love this mother-son duo!

The story goes on to talk about how Asian-American designers like Derek Lam, Doo Ri Chung, Peter Som, and Thakoon Panichgul are BLOWING UP. Click here for the full scoop.

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