BY TYOMI G
All Winter I have had the urge to search for my perfect Military coat thanks to the awesome responses I have been getting from women and men alike about a military Jacket I revamped from Forever 21. I could not understand why I had such a sudden urge to shop for not only military inspired clothing ,but for other utilitarian pieces with thick metal hardware and distressed edges UNTIL I watched the Spring 2010 show for BALMAIN. It was clear to me at that moment that I had been given a gift….the gift of FASHION FORECASTING!
Yes, that’s right, Military influences have once again made their way back into the silhouettes and fashion pieces that we love, and who better to show the world how to pull off this distress-glam look other than Christophe Decarnin. His pointed-shoulder and glittery jackets of the winter collections trickled down to mass market stores and generated thousands of dollars and an army of disco-clad teenage fashionistas. The spring is all about survival in these economic times, and the Utilitarian structure of this collection definitely sends a direct signal to consumers about how to dress for the occasion.
When shopping for these pieces in the upcoming months, Try pairing a pair of distressed, over sized army pants with a sequined tank, strappy stiletto heels and a matching jacket with plenty of metal hardware. H&M is sure to follow suit and create styles for this trend, but to be ahead of the wave, check out your local Army Surplus store for this “commanding” look. As for now, browse through the wonderful Spring collection for Balmain. Tears might not come to your eyes as they did to mine, but I’m sure you will walk away inspired to reinvent something within your wardrobe.