2 posts tagged "Camouflage"
The enduring popularity of camouflage in (civilian) menswear and its recent spike thanks to a camo-filled Spring ’13 season (the Dries, the Dries!) tend to obscure the fact that some camo-wearers aren’t wearing the pattern fashionably; they’re wearing it professionally. This week’s New York magazine spotlights two designers who have changed the face of clothing and camo—albeit from a vantage point far, far from the runway. Caleb Crye and Gregg Thompson, founders of the design firm Crye Precision, created “Multicam,” a camouflage pattern that works across a variety of landscapes, so soldiers traveling across diverse environments don’t need to change. (Monocle dropped in on their Brooklyn Navy Yard digs for a closer look at the pattern; see the video here.) As it turned out, military-issue camouflage had barely been tweaked since the Vietnam era. And while they’ve brought their innovations from conception to reality (and onto the bodies of every American soldier in the Army and Marines) in a mere decade or so, other new ideas are slower to take hold. Their patented, battle-ready “Crap Suit” is still on the shelf. You can guess.
In our print-crazed moment, wild designs of every stripe are getting fresh looks, from printed pants to clashing patterned outfits. But around our office, we’ve been feeling the time’s right for a more classic, utilitarian print to make a comeback, too: good, old-fashioned army/navy camouflage. Looks like we’re not alone. Chris Benz, in the Times today, discussed his renewed fondness for all things camo (including the more graphic Australian and Duck patterned versions), and designers from Prada to J Brand to Rag & Bone have all showed print pieces. They’re bold enough to look basic, even neutral—but you definitely won’t blend in. Here are a few of our favorite items.
Above: Rag & Bone Fall ’10; A.P.C. military-style jacket, $340, available at www.apc.fr.
Prada bifold Saffiano leather wallet, $355, available at www.prada.com.
Camouflage-printed silk shirt by Equipment (right) and T-shirt by Wayne (left).
Bags from Michael Kors (left) and Trussardi 1911 (right).
Camouflage-printed jeans by J Brand.