Hiding in plain sight
Monday, 10 February 2014
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Aviators by Rayban
Bag is a vintage find
Camouflage clothes are now an oxymoron; consider their original purpose as a defensive tool for soldiers engaged in combat. In 2014 a woman wearing camouflage trousers (who is not a soldier) is not trying to blend in, she is making a statement and it's a bold one.
I remember the first time camouflage made fashion headlines in the 1990's. There was a distinctly subversive grunge feel to the look, it felt like a two-fingered salute to the prevailing authority of the time. This time round the camouflage look is much more polished, it's gone glam. Michael Kors, Carven and Christopher Kane featured camouflage prints in their catwalk shows last autumn and it's been a strong trend throughout A/W13 showing no signs of losing popularity as we move into S/S14. It is interesting to note that designers and some high street brands have moved away from traditional colours and embraced pink and blue (among other hues) to create camouflage inspired prints with massive visual impact, clearly the antithesis of the original intent behind camouflage clothing. So the message is clear, if you want to stand out from the crowd get your camouflage on.
With thanks to my wonderful friend who gifted these jeans to me xxx