Fashion loves a fight, whether it is pinning designers like Roberto Cavlli and Donatella Versace against each other or ganging up and predicting the demise of a top model like Kate Moss, fashion just loves to see a fight all because we love a survival story. And if there ever was a time to be a survivor, the time is now. Building momentum over the last few seasons with camouflage coming from Valentino in every form available to Dior Homme’s khaki coloured collection for AW14, military reached new heights for the SS15 collections with Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent and Alexander Wang all well and truly hearing the call of duty… But should we be answering?
Although the previously mentioned designers weren’t the first (nor will they be the last judging by the AW15 collections) to be inspired by military and survival, in these modern time when we are bombarded daily with news stories of terrorism acts and human tragedies, is it tacky to dress so casually in something that someone wears while risking their life to fight for our rights? Some have argued yes and might have a valid case, while others state it is a form of protest like how Jane Fonda did controversially in the early 1970s against the Vietnam war… Either way, military as a trend will continue to be reinterpreted by fashion and churned out at every price point across the market regardless of how tasteful it is deemed because like Marc Jacobs said to Tim Blanks “military clothes are part of the fashion vernacular now”. I guess other trends might come and go but the military trend will keep surviving them all.