The ever shifting fashion world is one that draws inspiration from everything around it: art, culture, design, media, past, present or even future. As Sir Paul Smith so eloquently put it: “Inspiration can be found everywhere, if you can’t look again”. Work, mountain, navy and armywear, all have experienced trend bursts and become not only subjects for themed collections but also menswear staples in their own right. However, few have been so hyped as camouflage in recent seasons.
Although camo and military inspired garments have paved their way into street style and designer stores in the past (generally in a tasteless fashion), its recent resurgence on runways and high-end labels has turned this stealthy pattern into one of the most coveted and current around. Even if not solely responsible for it, I have to hand it over to the Woost God for elevating camo to new standards through his unique use of variations on the theme: never has camouflage experienced such love as now.
While at Pitti, one needed only take a look around to feel a part of an exquisitely dapper war game where everyone, if not everything, sported the motif: even resting area tents were made of camouflage canvas. And judging by both AW12 and SS13 collections, the truth is, love it or hate it, camo is here to stay…
Stubbs and Wootton
Dries Van Noten SS13
Fashion is an ever evolving art whose subjects and creations continuously adapt to a variety of trends, circumstances and personal passions. Whereas there was once a time when men and women both had very distinct, almost etiquette oriented wardrobes, nowadays it’s a thin line that which separates the quintessential defining traits of menswear and womenswear.
Growing trends of androgyny and the introduction of the opposite sex’s staple pieces managed to break boundaries and elevate the expression of individual style to new standards. Murses and mewelry are but a few that support this tendency but the truth is, it works both ways. Menswear inspired womenswear has been gathering the attention of many throughout the web, due to an outstanding roll of sharply dressed women.
Although most men can’t seem to shake the cemented image of ultra feminine silhouettes provided by tailored evening dresses, as the epitome of a women’s sensuality, there’s somewhat of a nonchalant sexiness in a girl sporting an oxford shirt and tie. While the first is downright sensorial and easy in a way, the latter is much more complex and delves deep into our own universe: within seconds and ultimately involuntarily, our brain wanders off on its own quest to understand what it has just perceived. We’ll be wondering why was she wearing that and more importantly, why did she look so damn good. Ok, this might not be the case every single time, but there’s a good chance it will happen…
So girls, do try to venture into the world of menswear and incorporate a few basic pieces in your attire, you’ll definitely look better than most guys out there…