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15 rapid-fire questions with Phillip Lim
His proudest moment, his latest obsession and other revealing bullet points from designer Philip Lim, in town as part of his whistle-stop tour of China
CNNGo: Do you think being Chinese has influenced your designs, and the way your business is run?
Philip Lim: I believe my cultural heritage certainly plays a part in how I work. It is only natural. I grew up in California so at the same time, I am also influenced by things and people around me.
Life experience as a whole, biographically reflects in your creative work, even if it is not in an obvious way.
CNNGo: Fashion advice for Chinese women and men?
Lim: My advice is to try not to ask for too much advice, the best style comes from within. It has to feel right so just follow your instinct.
CNNGo: Have you been shopping in Hong Kong yet?
Lim: I visited Lane Crawford and Joyce, of course. I also visited Celine, Hermes and Maison Martin Margiela with my business partner, Wen Zhou.
CNNGo: Views on fast fashion.
Lim: Simple. But it’s not for everyone.
CNNGo: Views on fashion bloggers.
Lim: I like the idea of an authentic point of view, I hope it stays this way.
CNNGo: Good taste is __________.
Lim: Not knowing and realizing it is.
CNNGo: Who is the most stylish person you’ve ever met?
Lim: There are simply too many to mention. My father was certainly high up on the list, he had a very specific style.
CNNGo: Your favorite runway show, and your least favorite?
Lim: I cannot give you an answer on that. That would be as if you are asking me to choose my favourite child!
CNNGo: Who do you want design a dress for most?
Lim: Gong Li, the Chinese actress.
CNNGo: What’s your proudest career moment?
Lim: My Beijing show at the Dong Bian Men Watchtower was a real highlight.
CNNGo: What’s your favorite memory?
Lim: When I was seven or eight, I used to sleep fully clothed so I am ready for the next day. Youth has such an irreplaceable innocence.
CNNGo: Latest obsession?
Lim: Finding a way to have some real time off!
CNNGo: What’s your pet peeve?
CNNGo: You have a weakness for __________.
Lim: Oliver, my dog.
CNNGo: Name a fashion abomination.
Lim: Over accessorizing.