Philipp Plein 2015 1
 À seulement 37 ans, le créateur allemand est en train de bâtir son empire aux quatre coins du monde.

Philipp Plein

  • Luxe's provocateur


Shaking up the luxury scene with his original, flamboyant, provocative style, the German designer with his own company since 1998 is always looking to the future.


He has dressed celebs, the kind that get talked about, and not always for their good behaviour; from Naomi Campbell (the face of his 2008 Couture collection) to Mischa Barton and Lindsay Lohan (both of whom have modelled for him), not to mention Barbie whom he restyled for her 50th birthday in 2009, Philipp Plein's take
on luxury – rather look-at-me, often provo­cative, al­ways original and crafted with artisan know­how – has earned him an enviable follow­ing. His autumn/winter collection presented at Milan Fashion Week was no exception to the rule: "As with the men's collection, I wanted to deliver a new vision of streetwear, unlike any before!" The result? Sparkling Swarovski strass, shimmering fur, python and crocodile tracksuit pants, outrageous cut-outs, sexy legs... Philipp Plein women stop at nothing! "My clients, men and women, are selfassured, forceful and in love with luxury. I design for my generation." One look at Plein tells you he's a man of his times. His own look? "Modern, informal; everything's in the detail. My uniform is jeans, T-shirt, blazer and sneakers."


Dream chaser
Plein started out in 1998 creating ultra-exclusive interior design pieces, and he hasn't looked back since. "When I began I just wanted to earn my independence by expressing my creativity. I didn't expect such success. But I chase dreams and each achievement is a new departure." Design (since 2000), fashion (2004), accessories (2006), couture (2008), jewellery (2012) – at only 37 the German designer is building his empire, finding his inspiration as he travels the world. "I'm constantly on the move for business and I'm lucky to always come across interesting people. I believe fashion should look more to the present and future instead of endlessly revisiting archives. Being contemporary is the key to my success." As proved by the many stores he has opened around the world: Paris, Miami, Moscow, Dubai, Seoul, Monte-Carlo... all with that distinctive rock'n'roll aura and flaunting a flamboyant luxury involving Murano glass chandeliers and giant skulls studded with Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements. Stores as unconventional as the man himself, who hangs out with charismatic celebrities: singer Grace Jones and rapper Iggy Azalea have both opened his spectacular catwalk shows and in 2012-13 he dressed the AS Roma soccer team. The future? The man's insatiable, never taking his eye off his goals. "I follow my instinct and work all the time. I want my clients to have fun and I try to stimulate their inner fantasies. My brand isn't just fashion, it's an art of living!" Next step? To open his first London store by the end of the year. "There are still markets to win – I'm not stopping while the going's so good!"


By Julie de los Rios