Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The Recycled Militant

This trend focuses on the teaming of the Lady in Command trend (Vintage Military) trend with recycled and re-used clothing.  To update your military trend transform your military pieces, denim pieces and your retro sportswear into a more utilitarian style and silhouette.
Source: Photo by Mikael Olsson

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Source: Maison Martin Margiela, Artisanal collection

Ways to make your own Recycled Militant look:
  • Use zippers, pockets and fabrics from old clothing and clothes you no longer wear and attach them to clothes to give them a re-used and utility look.  Also if you are feeling confident try different placements.
  • Create reversible garments by translating inside-out design aspects to designs
  • Mix various patterns and colours together such as camouflage to create interesting colour blocking designs. 

Colour palette ideas:

Elements of the trend:

Retro Sportswear

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Inside-out and reversible garments

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Military Flags
Source: Military flags, as reported on WGSN

Pigments highlights & removed pockets

Source: Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2010/11 collection rehearsal

Lace Inserts

Source: WGSN street shot, Tokyo

String vest and new mesh updates

Source: Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto spring/summer 2010

Vintage Military Graphics

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Metallic Zipped Pockets

Source: Issey Miyake autumn/winter 2010/11

Collegiate collage

Source: Nozomi Ishiguro

Remade classics

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Leather Patching
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Source: Henrik Vibskov, autumn/winter 2010/11

Source: Bon spring/summer 2010

Source: iD, styling by Sarah Richardson

Source: Them 1 (Winner of the Man Photography Prize 2009), by Danny Treacy

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Source: Vivienne Westwood Red Label autumn/winter 2010/11

Source: RUSSH magazine, Jan/Feb 2010


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