Camouflage Gets A Spring/Summer Makeover
Certain trends dominate collections for decades in one form or another – military has had a hold over fashion for quite the duration, from the timeless trench coat to the more recent revival of the military boot. This season is all about camouflage; however the traditional camo print is being reclaimed and brought right up to date as a discernible trend for men.
Well documented during recent fashion weeks, a number of designers showed camouflage pieces in their collections. For spring / summer 2013 Dries Van Noten took camo print and digitally manipulated it, sometimes morphing it into a near-leopard spot. Van Noten distorted the print further by mixing open-weaved knits with lighter fabrics, and layering airy camouflage print jackets over dark green checked chiffon and silk shirts. Gauzy nylons and overprinted lace were a stark contrast to the usual macho connotations associated with camouflage.
Showcased at Paris Fashion week, Kenzo took their redesign of the classic camouflage print a step further, kicking off their line up with safari themed hues, and layered sportswear with a camouflage micro-print trim. Combining tiger stripes and blurred leopard spots, the collections introduced a new ‘Kenzo Camouflage’ reworked with colour alterations including bright jewel tones. With their bold adaptation, designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have brought camo print to the now.
Accessories are the quickest and usually most affordable way into a trend; an extensive range of camo print bags, hats and shoes are offered by designers and brands including Superdry, Barbour and Comme des Garcons. Camouflage can be applied as a neutral, working with almost everything.
Loved by designers and street stylers alike, camouflage is set to be one of summer’s biggest hits.
Words: Joshwa Saint James