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3.1 Phillip Lim Menswear A/W 11

The Nomadic Man was the inspiration for the designer's latest collection of sleek, functional pieces presented in Paris last week

Taking inspiration from the African Berber Tribes, the 3.1 Phillip Lim A/W 11 collection took functionality and texture as its starting point. Pieces like the wool blend straight-cut jacket with leather sleeves offered a contrast of hard versus soft, which was continued through layering of contrasting fabrics such as suede, mohair, flannel, nubuck and fleece. The profile of the looks was masculine and sleek, with the idea of reduction and stylish uniformity being key. Multi-functional pieces are meant to be worn in a variety of ways to express individuality: a black leather biker jacket was worn slung over the shoulders of a slate wool sweater and pant combo or underneath a heavy winter coat with slim-cut  matchstick trousers for a formal winter look.  African inspired prints bring a subtle nomadic look to a collection that is otherwise sleek and understated while accessories such as the ’31 Mile’ backpack and ’31 Day’ tote bag mean Phillip Lim’s man is ready for the long road ahead.