Over dinner last year, the designer Jason Wu, upon seeing his multi-strap lizard sandals on my feet, told me that the biggest compliment a designer could get is not getting a good show review from a critic or a celebrity wearing clothes pulled out by a stylist but actually seeing a client, a customer, buy and wear things a designer made. His PR people didn’t send me the sandals; I bought them full-price. Jason made perfect sense.
Speaking of buying, there are very, very few designers who I consistently shop from season after season. One of them is Phillip Lim. I simply adore what he does. A running joke amongst my friends is that 3.1 Phillip Lim should just go public in a few years because I buy so much of his clothes that I’m practically a majority stockholder. What isn’t there to love about Phillip Lim’s world? He makes really cool clothes that are easy to wear. His pieces are well made. Also, you’ll never feel like you got robbed at gunpoint after shopping at his store. His price points are justifiable. I haven’t seen a $2,000 neoprene or worse, cotton, sweatshirt from him, thank god.
I fell in love with this (click multi-color patchwork shearling coat) after seeing it at his fall/winter 2014 fashion show earlier in February. When Look 15 came down on the runway, I told myself, “that’s THE one!” It’s *my* coat of the season. I consider fur/shearling coats as a “major” purchase like how the average person consider “cars” as a major purchase. As such, I only allow myself to indulge to one major coat per season. I bought the coat in August when I got back after my summer holiday in Ibiza and have been praying for cold temperatures since. I mean, who, pray tell, is in their right frame of mind when they buy heavy winter coats when there’s a heat wave outside? I know, I know I’m one of those people who like to buy clothes early and have them gather dust in the back of the closet until the mercury drops.
I love my coat. LOVE. LOVE. I can’t even.
Patchwork shearling coat by 3.1 Phillip Lim (click HERE)
Metallic shirt by Burberry Prorsum
Wool short-sleeve top by Jil Sander
Black denim trousers by Joseph
Shoes by Louis Leeman
Shot at Nybroviken, Stockholm
Photos via Mr. Sweden