Everything changes, little remains the same. The fashion world works round the clock, never settling for such things as monotony, yet somehow it chooses to base its evolution upon the concepts of continuity and cohesion. It takes as little as a sparkle of inspiration born on the runway for the story to unfold across many seasons. The it print as envisioned in endless guises, camouflage print is currently having its own story unraveling, still standing tall amongst fall 2013’s fashion trends. To coin an adage: once a camo girl, always a camo girl!
To find out how to wear the new camouflage in the most unexpected ways, continue reading after the break.
Fall 2013 & the new camouflage
Either you’re a print kind of girl or you’re mad about neutrals, it’s hard not to fall under the camouflage spell this season, as for autumn 2013 camo brings forward the perfect mix of femininity and toughness. Boldness disguised in subtlety, or subtlety camouflaged in dauntlessness, there’s no way of telling and that’s exactly where the new camo hides its beauty. From texture to silhouette, here’s how the it print evolved.
The comfy camo
Between 3.1 Phillip Lim’s fur rendition and Sandro’s fluffy knitted mohair, the comfy camo sweaters dipped in traditional hues of winter white, navy and khaki are set to become key staples of the woman’s wardrobe this season. A slightly oversized jumper layered on top of a printed shirt signals double the fun, while the pairing of the knit with a sleek mini-skirt and thigh-high boots keeps things on the super-chic path.
Camo at 3.1 Phillip Lim F/W ’13 and Sandro F/W ’13 lookbook
Head to toe camo
Judging by the way of the runway, the fall/winter 2013 is big on highlighting how to wear prints in surprising new combinations. The head to toe outfits in matching prints stood out on the runway, and the camouflage appeared particularly daunting. To keep the looks modern and relevant, opt for sleek silhouettes, clean lines and limit your accessorizing to a sophisticated pair of ankle strap heels.
Camouflage at Michael Kors F/W ’13 and Baum und Pferdgarted F/W ’13
The nontraditional camo.
There’s little that can’t be revived using a smart play on colour. At Christopher Kane and Fendi is where the camo print dropped its classic colour scheme of brown and green, favoring something fresher, louder and admittedly more exciting. From gorgeous autumnal shades to heavy pink and purple combinations, choose to channel the unexpected when sporting the camo print this fall.
Camo at Christopher Kane F/W ’13 and Fendi F/W ’13
Camo as outerwear
Everyone needs a solid jacket or a statement coat once the temperatures start to drop. If you were to choose merely a single way to highlight the use of camouflage this season, the bold-printed outerwear would probably stand as the most efficient and effortless. Edgy, as we saw it translate at G Star, or perhaps ladylike as it came across at Rebecca Minkoff, the camo print is key to a versatile wardrobe.
Camouflage at G Star F/W ’13 and Rebecca Minkoff F/W ’13
Sporting camo the high-fashion way
The best way to approach the camo trend this fall is to learn how to make the most out of its unpredictable character. Tough or softened up, conventional or rather unusual, bold or discreet this season invites you to put your imagination at play. Other ways of sporting the camo print this season include:
- Mixing camouflage with menswear inspired pieces such as oversized coats, cozy knits and straight leg-trousers
- Opting for unexpected textures that mimic the camouflage print’s manner in that perfect subtle mode
- Contrasting the camo’s tough essence with a super-sophisticated silhouette based on the perfect balance of femininity and sexiness
Camo print at Michael Kors F/W ’13, Alexander Wang F/W ’13 and Guy Laroche F/W ’13
Camo print trend updates.
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Camo print for spring.
Urban uniforms found a new ground in the camouflage pattern, mixing the untamed military spirit with an effortless casual-cool vibe all the while playing to the essence of street style‘s attitude. The element of novelty this season comes courtesy of various color combinations as camo print‘s classic hues are strongly infused with an array of contrasting shades, steering the look away from the expected and embracing the unusual. The paint overlays, the abstract imagery, and the fresh patterns adorning the bold silhouettes mark an exclusively modern take on the reemerging trend.
And what would a new season be without a full spectrum of raw styling possibilities? In spring / summer 2013, the look is all about a clean, minimal and effective approach that allows the camouflage print to shine undisturbed.
Camo print: styling inspiration from the runway.
Donna Karan’s spring 2013 collection balanced femininity with urban athleticism and one of the many outcomes embraced the camo print as an effortless perspective on street wear. Styled with baseball caps, wedge sneakers and quirky leather knapsacks, the camo body-hugging dress never looked cooler.
Camouflage print dress from DKNY S/S ’13
Camouflage print mini dress from DKNY S/S ’13
Edun’s army-inspired looks exuded girl power as they went down the runway, veiling femininity in military notes and camouflage accents for spring 2013. Styled with ease, a pair of edgy cargo shorts looked astonishing when teamed with a slouchy blouse and a pair of flat, cutaway sandals.
Camo prints shorts from Edun S/S ’13
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s playful vision hid the white, black and yellow camo print under tropical Brazilian motifs. Overlapping sober short dresses with camouflage, Castelbajac’s idea of accessorizing had to do with oversized matching handbags and offbeat black pumps.
Camo print dress on the runway at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac S/S ’13
This season’s tough camouflage print translated to a beautiful paint stroke like pattern in Lela Rose’s pretty and feminine spring 2013 collection. Toughening the otherwise sophisticated nip waist silhouettes, the designer’s take on the emerging trend managed to remain faithful to her refined signature aesthetic.
Camo print dress on the runway at Lela Rose S/S ’13
Looking for other statement elements and trends to pair camo print with in spring 2013? Then head over to our spring / summer 2013 fashion trend guide.