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Trend watch

It’s time to open the costume cupboard

When getting dressed at the moment, it is not a time to ask what to wear but who to be. One of the great things about fashion is that it can help you explore the different sides of your personality—if that just so happens to be a rarely expressed affinity towards soldiers or cowboys, then so be it. Current trends are here to awaken alter egos with dress-up nostalgia.

MJ’s jacket trend has inspired military-themed collections like Balmain’s, which in turn have influenced combat trends. John Galliano’s combat-inspired collection is of an old worldly Bonapart dimension. From this the worn boot trend is easy to do, as are workboots.

If you’d rather join the navy, nautical trends are anticipating summer. Spring still seems a long way away, but collections like Anja Rubik’s bring back docksides, stripes and a casual look.

More winter-appropriate designers like Elisa Palomino and Stolen Girlfriends have inspired a ski bunny trend. Nordic prints, big knits, ski socks and Russian hats are here to warm things up like in Dolce and Gabanna’s latest collection.

While in the snow, ice queen trends led by brands such as Stretis, have emerged, with Mac launching their ‘Villan’ campaign to further ice skating-esque trends of floaty skirts as well as rigid contours for some silhouettes.

Maybe you want to be a prepared scout with hiking and safari-inspired collections like Shakuhachi’s. Khaki—yes khaki—crisp white, leather backpacks, shorts and hiking-esque heels will take you far.

Animal prints are another fun trend. Leopard print is favoured in Minty Meets Munts’ lookbook. Denim, coats and skirts are here for alpha females. Furthermore, animal prints like Miu Miu’s are taking flight. Brands like Sass and Bide and Tina Kalivas go as far as modernising tribal dress, which will hopefully bring about a lot more patterns to play with.

Industry heavyweights such as Burberry are lightening the mood for damsels, with pastels in soft focus. Chloe has once more set the nude colour trend. Sonia Rykiel and Annah Stretton are romantics to watch for this. If you’re too impatient for spring, tights are trendy in various styles—lighter deniers, skin colour and ripped especially.

On the textile scene, velvet is a lot more experimental than plain black, as is lace. Leather is now coming in a variety of colours and forms, noticeably by Bally. Denim on denim has really been experimented everywhere, with brands such as Ksubi making the most of this. The next experiment to look out for will be suede.

The cowboy comeback is universal. Red Ryder would be proud of the current bolo ties, check shirts and tassels, with modern interpretations such as Acne’s being far from dusty.

Naturally cowboy trends influence a runaway Indian or Gypsy element, which is hinted in Stella McCartney’s latest collection, and paisley is available in most op shops.

Myths of Cowboys go hand-in-hand with the myth of bandoleros in Western Film. Chanel’s campaign celebrates Spanish embellishment and frills of traditional dress. Designers such as Madame Hawk incorporate red passion and light white materials to add to this trend. This may be a touchy trend thanks to the soccer though.

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