My Life in Fashion: Philipp Plein
Philipp Plein's Fashion Week shows are famous (robots carrying bags, giant Ferris wheels...) and he's just opened a new London store. But how did a former furniture designer from Munich become a rock and roll fashion star?
A Philipp Plein Fashion Week show is a byword for extravagant theatrics – he’s put robots on the catwalk and built a giant Ferris wheel, among other Insta-buzz-creating moments. His label is 9 years old, and he’s becoming known for making serious noise.
Plein showed during New York Fashion Week for the first time in February (he’s previously shown his collection in Milan) and he’s just opened a store on New Bond Street – complete with giant skull glittering at you in the entrance. His rock-star-ready clothes (leather, lace, and lashings of vamp) are definitely not for wallflowers. And the 39-year-old, born into a middle-class German family, isn’t one either. But in person, he’s a lot more thoughtful, serious and frankly philosophical than his outre fashion persona would suggest. So how did a former furniture designer who wanted to be a lawyer become a buzzed-about fashion man? We met him to hear all about it…
Plein’s clothes bring all the boys to the yard – just ask Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Rita Ora
Tell us about your unusual career path…
“I was meant to be a doctor, because my father is a surgeon.
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