This spring-summer 2015 military – inspired fashion is edgy and sharp, yet commands feminine accents | A trend report

Admit it, don’t you just love the gold buttons and braid that grace an officer’s jacket? These uniforms were the inspiration behind some of the smartest outfits in Spring/Summer ‘15 collection—the military look. Felted wools, sailor-style buttons and epaulettes in different colours and luxe fabrics give the clothes an edge that is perfect for the confident woman.

Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer ‘15 collection had all that and more. The accent was on individuality, the antitheses of what the uniform stands for. And it certainly worked very well. His collection has vintage East Asian war uniform aesthetics with dresses featuring Mandarin collars, large shiny buttons and oversized cargo pockets; some decorated with flowers. The separates were in various shades of khaki, cream and navy.

Victoria Beckham presented two takes on the trend in her Spring/Summer ‘15 collection. Her monotone jacket and trouser combinations almost look like jumpsuits and have oversized pockets and buttons, while her striped maxi dresses are playful and girly.

A romantic twist was given to khakis by Ralph Lauren in his Spring/Summer ’15 collection. Bold oranges, yellows, purples and fuchsia tones were seen along with army green, black and tan. Safari jackets were teamed with long billowing silk taffeta skirts for the collection dubbed ‘romantic safari’.

Yigal Azrouel incorporated a generous amount of modern design aesthetics like patchwork and binding details to refined military bombers. Gucci’s military inspired jackets are embellished with entirely handmade metallic thread work, further enriched with iconic metal buttons. Green, neo khaki, khaki and olive are colours that dominated the Acne Spring/Summer ‘15 collection. What made the dresses interesting were the plunging necklines, waistline emphasising belts and oversized pockets.

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