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Phillip Lim Changes Three Times a Day, Is Inspired by Gangsters

Photo of Phillip Lim via <a href="http://shopghost.com/guest-ghost/phillip-lim/">Shop Ghost</a>
Photo of Phillip Lim via Shop Ghost

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Creative consultant and stylist Stevie Dance recently launched an e-zine called Shop Ghost that features inspirational collages, tastemaker interviews and styles guides that are meant to streamline the online shopping experience. Her latest chat is with designer Phillip Lim and includes a host of quirky quotes from the LA-raised, NY-based talent.

First, he admits that clothes are "like a drug" to him and that he changes "three times a day, at least!" which is kind of refreshing, considering that some fashion designers claim that they don't have time for personal style. He also nods to his West Coast upbringing, noting: “I grew up in California during the beginning of MTV, so I was determined to have looks, even at a young age [...] I followed the trends at that moment: rock-a-billy, mod, romantic, new wave, punk."

Perhaps the most intriguing bit from the piece is Lim's design inspiration: "I love the idea of gangsters, like Cholos and the Yakuza. There’s always a tribal mentality in the clothes, even with the women’s clothes." Interesting.
· Ghost World: Phillip Lim, Designer [Shop Ghost]
· Phillip Lim Is Planning a Second LA Boutique [Racked]