3.1 Phillip Lim

Part of the new wave of Asian-American designers that took the fashion world by storm in recent years, the aesthetic of 3.1 Phillip Lim is best summed up by the designer himself: Classic but twisted. Cutting a fine balance between minimalist and maximalist but never mediocre, his designs are uncomplicated yet directional, trendy but restrained. (Fussiness has no place in this line; if there were embellishments, they were tame.) Now if his designs whisper street elegance, it is because it is as much about function as it is about form. And it is his aesthetic that has earned him an Emerging Talent award from the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America. A label for the woman who adores a modern and contemporary look that has longevity in any wardrobe.