In the fashion world, there are iconic references that return again and again every few years. While they never really disappear completely, some years they appear in so many collections - they are a bona-fide trend. More noticeable than cut or style, it's colors and patterns that steal the headlines. Pinstripe, Hounds tooth, Paisley, and Prince of Wales Plaid are great examples. One that has less sophisticated or designer roots is Military and Camouflage patterns. Inspired from the platoons of every armed forces around the world, using the pattern in fashion collections is an obviously ironic choice. Taking a most utilitarian design, one in fact designed NOT to be seen, and turning that into a fashion statement. The ultimate irony.
In the last month, NYC has been awash in Military style jackets and Camouflage prints. I take the subway often between Brooklyn and Manhattan and every train is full of hipsters representing the trend. More often - women do military jackets, guys do camo. However, this year it has crossed over - girls and boys both doing every style. Backpacks, pants, tights, jackets, and bags - all in camo, from every price point.
On the runway, the trend is of course the most sophisticated. Massimiliano Giornetti at Ferragamo reinvented the trench coat for his Women's Spring 2013 collection. The color palette was unmistakably military, and serves as an excellent backdrop for Camouflage accessories.
We might have the house of Christian Dior to thank for this latest camo craze. Two years ago the house hired artist Anselm Reye to jumpstart some excitement with the Dior accessories. His vision was pop art camo prints that made their debut at Art Basil in Miami. The buzz worked. Those pieces sold out quickly!
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