Are you posting a #WCW on Instagram today? If you haven’t already, you should, because today is International Women’s Day, a day when women all over the world are celebrating each other and the collective goal of building a more unified working world. And it’s no secret that the fashion and beauty worlds are led by smart, successful women who not only influence the way we shop, dress and curate our top shelves (not to mention our Pinterest boards) but also inspire us with their amazing personal achievements and career stories. From nail polish moguls and fashion designers to editors and photographers, we interviewed four amazing women who filled us in on their work wisdom, career advice and (bonus!) what they wore to their first interviews.
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Bangkok-born designer Phillip Lim opens up about his latest inspirations.
What’s your favorite upcoming trend for fall?
Duality—the idea of having something that can be like armor, something that can transform with what the day brings.
Name one article of clothing every woman should own.
A good coat.
Are there any trends you hope never go away?
What’s the last article of clothing you purchased?
A lightweight silk tuxedo—not sure when I’ll wear it, but I know I will at some point.
If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you be doing?
I haven’t really thought about it. I love making clothes, so why would I want to change?
What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Kavinsky and The Bones of J.R. Jones.
We’d like to offer our congratulations to all the winners and nominees at the 2012 CFDA Awards, with a special shout-out to those winners who are a part of the Nordstrom family.
Billy Reid – Menswear Designer of the Year
Reed Krakoff – Accessories Designer of the Year
Phillip Lim – Swarovski Award for Menswear
Tabitha Simmons (middle) – Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
Images courtesy of BFA, CFDA and Parsons.