Phillip Lim Spring 2013 Menswear
The ideal vacation for a large portion of Americans, Brazil is well-known to house the second-largest population of Japanese in the world. The concentration of that society and culture clash appealed to Phillip Lim for his Spring 2013 Menswear Collection. He ravaged deep into the Japanese and Brazilian traditions to find what he described as "Nipo-Brasileiro sub-cultures." While there he immersed himself into Mixed Martial Arts, MMA, which when tied into the Asian martial arts Jacki-Chan portrays flawlessly seems to be depicted something closer to street fighting. "It's born from make-do and the ghettos," Lim said in an interview backstage after his show; which he kicked off with an witty poem he called "Street Fight." (Fitting isn't it...) He clarified his statement with the following: "I wanted this character that was street stylers—fighters with hustler swagger. You're born from nothing, and you use clothes to get somewhere."