Sometimes I really do feel that people are conspiring to bankrupt me. I only need venture vaguely in the direction of Knightsbridge to be overwhelmed by the urge to hit Harrods and spend money I don’t have on the sartorial delights inside. Then a couple of weeks ago came the news that 3.1 Phillip Lim, one of my absolute FAVE brands had opened its first UK shop-in-shop there and I knew I could kiss any hope of taking a little mini break over Easter goodbye. The sensible thing to do of course, would be to steer well clear of the iconic London department store but sensible I’m not so last Friday I found myself braving the Piccadilly line during rush hour to check it out and take a few snaps before Harrods opened to the public. I knew that the space had been created in collaboration with prestigious design agency, Campaign so I was excited to see how 3.1 Phillip Lim’s achingly cool fusion of minimalism and feminity translated into an interior. Trying to convey the ethos of one brand within a larger store than stocks God-knows-how-many others is no easy task and I thought Campaign and 3.1 Phillip Lim did a really good job of it. As you know, my photography skills are pretty rubbish so these really don’t do it justice but the combination of Rosa marble, simple gold rails and utilitarian materials like felt and concrete reflected 3.1 Phillip Lim’s trademark modernist luxury beautifully.
The way I’ve written this makes it seem like the store design was the first thing I looked at, but of course it wasn’t. It was the CLOTHES PEOPLE! Oh those clothes… Generally speaking I’m no minimalist but the way Phillip Lim combines clean lines and androdgynous silhouettes with perfectly placed embellishment and hints of print is nothing short of genius. Naturally I couldn’t leave without trying a few bits on and this look was my favourite.
I’m a habitual bad influence so regardless of whether your New Years Resolutions include being frugal, I absolutely INSIST you visit the 3.1 Phillip Lim space in Harrods! With Carven, Rag & Bone and Acne just metres away you probably wont leave empty handed but even if the result is a few months of beans on toast, you know it’ll be worth it.
Love Ella. X
Ps) If for some truly awful reason (i.e broken both legs, accidentally waxed off an entire eyebrow…) you can’t get yourself to Knightsbridge then I have good news for you, 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Harrods goodies are online too! Click here to shop them.