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We're Obsessed with Phillip Lim's Shinjuku Lady Bosses

If Naomi Campbell has yet to go on safari, we can only assume it’s because she was waiting for 3.1 Philip Lim’s Fall/Winter ’16 collection. Now that it’s here, she can finally locate some manatees without fear that she’ll be mistaken for a life-sized Karlito by a pack of hyenas.

The clothes stayed within an earth toned palette—yellows, greens, burnt oranges, and beiges. Military flavored colors, one could say, but used with designs that were extremely un-military. In fact, much of the collection was actually very Japanese inspired. Green quilted jackets were heavy with kimono accents—the shape, as well as the Japanese-tinged embroidery. Indeed, Lim told Vogue.com that he was channeling “lady bosses running through the streets of Shinjuku in Tokyo.”

There was a lot of tweed-looking plaid too—apparently Prince of Wales check—fashioned into pants and jackets (and sometimes worn together). They were pieces you could easily imagine a Williamsburg mixologist or comb connoisseur coddling, and a shoo-in for the next time Ashton Kutcher or Hilary Duff decide to embark on a short-lived newsboy phase. Jazzed up with zippers or black elastic collars and cuffs, they managed to stop short of full-blown Oliver Twist.

But perhaps most compelling were the bejeweled chenille socks, as well as the plush crushed velvet pieces—a mustard yellow moto jacket and a maroon pantsuit set.

If anything could get me to go glamping, this would be it.

Photography by Sonny Vandevelde.

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