Phillip Lim wants fashion industry to ‘reassess and readjust’ following coronavirus pandemic

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restric…

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.

Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restrictions on people’s movement in an effort to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and other countries, including the U.S., followed suit from March.

While Lim and his fellow designers have been working from home on upcoming collections to prepare for when the fashion industry reopens once again, the 46-year-old thinks it’s time for a much-needed transformation.

“What we all understand from this is that everyone is connected. We all need each other, we will be better as collaborators instead of competitors,” Lim told Teen Vogue. “My hope is that when we come out, we all take our time to really reassess and readjust, and then try to imagine an industry and a world that we are proud to be a part of and that we play a role in it.”

And he urged other designers to continue to create amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 restrictions, as he believes it’s a “pivotal moment” in fashion.

“We have to continue to create. This is who are. Throughout history, whenever there were pivotal moments, it was always because of people creating, people pushing against, people fighting out of necessity,” Lim explained. “I pivot the creativity on different subjects whether it be cooking, planting, books to read, just different ways of engaging. It’s all part of that creative conversation.”

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