THE REPORT

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Camouflage is nothing new to any of us, the print itself has been seen on catwalks for years and it’s a print which seems to boomerang back in and out of fashion. We saw the introduction of it within mainstream mens fashion just over a year ago now, and with a strong summer sprinkled in camo print we’re now continuing this into the colder months. Pretty lucky if you’ve already invested in a load of it this past season, but there are a few new additions that have just arisen for this Autumn/Winter. Whereas in the summer months we saw a lot of t-shirts, shorts and blazers in the military print, it’s now moved over to include outerwear pieces along with a huge array of accessories.

 

It’s not the first, nor do I think it will be the last big trend to have been inspired by military designs, we had the popular epaulettes, uniformed peacoats and not too long ago, the military leather boot. Camo is no new print on the block, it’s been making appearances in our wardrobes on and off since the 60s, and it’s evolving each time it pops up. The designs this time around are really trying to more it away from the stereotype it’s built over the years as being a very casual and scruffy print, only to be used on parkas, t-shirts and cargo shorts. But this year it’s different, camo has been applied to blazers, shirts and even leather accessories, reinventing itself as a more versatile design.

 

Camo may have been given a face lift but it’s still a classic when it comes to the Liam Gallagher parkas, something which we’re still chasing after this season. We’re looking at the Penfield Paxton Jungle Jacket for this, it’s the shape of a traditional parka but has a little more padding for a warmer touch. This unique camo print can also be found on the Eska Jungle Jacket, which is a quilted bomber jacket that has a more elegant feel to it than the Paxton. Penfield have gone all out this season with matching accessories in the same print.

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Another more casual camo is the polo shirt. Quite a few brands have included a splash of the print onto their designs, some have just used it on the collars and pockets for a subtle and understated touch, others have gone all out with whole shirt. There’s also the transformation from the typical khaki green colour palette to the use of other less natural shades such as blue. The camo print looks pretty good in the blue to grey colour scheme, so it’s definitely something worth looking at if you don’t want to blend in with the crowd.

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For the smarter approach to this trend look to the big brands of Dsquared2Mr Bathing Ape and Fred Perry Laurel. All of these labels have thrown a little camo onto their shirts, thus creating a very contemporary look that still looks smart. It’s a simplistic concept that works really well….

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The newest thing to get camouflaged is men’s accessories. Wallets have been a popular choice for many brands, probably as it’s the one thing that every man needs and always carries around with them…But you can also get i-pad covers and bags in this popular pattern. Paul Smith who’s known for his dapper approach to menswear, has adopted the print for a selection of his accessories making a simple and classic leather piece a little bit more striking.