Philipp Plein, German designer with a clear propensity towards the outgoing, opulent and extravagant is right in the middle of navigating his brand towards a triumphant global expansion. Clearly notable as a “doer“ type who is not ready to compromise, he is establishing his brand with a firm vision and living his dream at the same time.
For THE GLARE’s inaugural edition, the designer took a moment to fill us in on his brand’s image, his ambitions, his inspiration his future projects and his childhood crush.
Mr. Plein, who wears your clothes? How would you describe your clients?
Your brand incorporates glamour and confidence plus a healthy dose of “sex, drugs and Rock n’ Roll“ do you think nowadays selling an image as a brand is the ultimate goal instead of selling “just clothes“?
How do you feel about the yellow press calling you “The King of Bling“?
Who were your childhood heroes/icons?
What advice would you give to the young Philipp Plein – or any emerging designer – if you could?
How does your German nationality influence you in the way you work?
What do you do to cultivate your image? Are you still the same person that you used to be before you became famous?
Would you say that success is a key to happiness?
Your collection is very outgoing and opulent. Do you ever have moments where you need to escape all the opulence around you? If so, what do you do then?
For this season’s menswear show in Milan, you equipped your models with riffles, guns, grenades and gas masks. Did you want to trigger controversy? What was your message?
Does being politically correct mean being boring? Can one even be politically correct as a designer?
How would you describe your current collection? What was your inspiration?
What is the Philipp Plein key item for autumn/winter 2013/14?
How do you feel when your brand is being copied?
What do you think about the following quote: If you have everything in life, is it easier to lose yourself?
Philipp Plein stores are springing up like mushrooms at the moment. What are your expansion plans for 2013 and 2014? Are there any markets that you are focussing on particularly?
What are current/future Philipp Plein projects you would like to let us know about?