The Philipp Plein Phenomenon
May 28 2016
Although founded in 2004 it is only in the last two years that this decadent and luxurious label has truly exploded on to the high street with its trademark rock n roll inspired collections which are now synonymous with immaculate tailoring and slick metallic detailing. Now with over 70 flagship stores across the globe including Madison Avenue New York, Bond Street London and Rue de Rivoli Paris, Philipp Plein has conquered the world of fashion and has become one of the most sought after designers on the planet.
Almost as intriguing as his unique collections is the history of the label and the story of the designer himself. Born in Germany, the son of a doctor who was raised in a conservative household Philipp Plein was studying law at university when he developed a strong desire to become an artist. He quickly came to the conclusion that people would not be interested in his pieces so he began designing furniture inspired by the legendary Bauhaus school of art. From a small factory in the former East Germany he began producing items of steel furniture and eventually entire furniture and bedroom collections. It was at this time that he started working with different types of luxurious leather and using some left over off cuts he produced his first line of handbags and accessories. A year later in 2004 the fashion brand was born, his early collections included military jackets embroidered with Swarovski skulls which quickly drew the attention of the leading figures in the fashion world. Fast forward to 2008 when he launched the "Couture" collection that featured an advertising campaign starring Naomi Campbell. In 2009 he opened his first flagship store in Monte Carlo, then in 2010 he held his first major fashion show in Milan, never one to bow to convention he held the show in the evening, the rest as they say is history!
To coincide with the extensive expansion of our store Giancarlo Ricci are proud to present the Spring Summer 2016 Philipp Plein collection. This stunning new collection features their signature shapes and sharp tailoring set as the backdrop for eye catching graphic prints, distressed denims and metallic detailing, all of which creates a unique and almost punk aesthetic. My personal favourites from the collection in store include the skull and stars printed t shirt in black that comes complete with a personalised dog tag. In the footwear range I was left drooling at the beautiful skull logo trainers that feature a large stainless steel skull and cross bones detail. To complete the look I would choose a pair of the striking distressed and slashed blue jeans which feature the brand logo exploding through the denim on the back pocket.
Philipp Plein has a simple philosophy when it comes to fashion, he does not design garments simply for fashion shows, he designs them solely with the customer in mind and this really comes across in this truly unique collection. This ethos, these core values go some way to explain how he seems to pull off the impossible, that is to create garments that are practical and functional whilst at the same time being luxurious, opulent and beautiful.
Written by Paul Smith