Monday, April 12, 2010

Nailing the military trend with khaki

You would be forgiven for thinking that khaki is the new navy, for the ubiquitous military shade is swamping the high street. This onslaught is so powerful that it looks set to overwhelm the traditional nautical theme that usually presages the arrival of summer fashion.
Blame it on Balmain, for it is that venerable French house’s firebrand designer, Christophe Decarnin, who is chiefly responsible for staging the season’s khaki coup.
Decarnin’s inspiration was a kind of biker-militia look. In the hands of other designers, such as Alexander Wang, Phoebe Philo at Céline, Stella McCartney and Hannah MacGibbon at Chloé, it took on a utilitarian ethos, while brands such as MaxMara, Sportmax and Marc Jacobs, added safari chic.
Khaki may have been borrowed from the Army, but it is far from uniform. For a start, there is every shade, from deepest olive to desert sand. Offset dark with light. Wear with a white, linen shirt or T-shirt. Add a feminine touch with a ruffled cami or pintucked, unbuttoned shirt. Accessorise with sexy, gladiator sandals or wedge-sole canvas bootees.
Samantha Cameron is even working khaki into her pregnancy wardrobe, first with a Harrison dress, and again with a Comptoir des Cotonniers jacket. Think of khaki as the keystone of your summer wardrobe, and start getting your kit together now.

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