The military shape always has been a fashion driven trend for the colder months; but for Autumn (Fall)/Winter 2009-2010 designers such as Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Burberry have modified and transformed the combat uniform from the past to the now. Gareth Pugh, with one of the most unusual menswear collections for A/W 09-10 has brought inspiration from the likes of German officer overcoats from the Second World War to the metal chain mail suits that were worn under suits of armour.
Movies can also be seen as a heavy influence in Pugh’s A/W collection with feathers for shoulder decoration as inspiration from The Crow including the Gothic ripped trousers and black boots and the metallic body combat suit, a similar cut to Christian Bale’s costume in Equilibrium.
Burberry have opted for the more settled approach to the trend with tailored coats inspiring from French naval officers and a two tone pea coat that is linked again to the Second World War.
D&G have used the patterned Musketeer jacket detailing that was later used on band uniforms and other military jackets. No doubt the high street will be quick to follow in their footsteps with this popular design.
And of course John Galliano has expanded the old swash-buckling clothing that the pirates and old Captains would have worn on the ships of the deepest seas. He included the old white wigs and fold-over leather boots to really help support the history that he is repeating on the catwalk.
Article by Lois Waller
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Click on the gallery below for more examples of the military trend on the runways.