Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fall/Winter 2017 Menswear Trend: Aviation Chic

Aviation Chic. What in the hell is that? For the uninitiated, Aviation Chic is a word I just made up...
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noun: Aviation Chic 
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Modern take on old military piloting outfits.

"His outfit so so aviation chic, I love a man in uniform!"

Relating words: aviation, pilot, chic, sleek, navigation.

If you have a look at the old school military piloting uniforms, you'll notice a lot of leather, patches, strapping, and fur or wool. An example of this is the classic bomber jacket, currently a wardrobe staple in all mens and womens lives, this piece has its roots in the 40s as functional outerwear that would keep pilots warm at the high altitudes.

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If you have a look at the latest mens fashion shows you can see the similarities re-approaching from these garments time and time again. It looks like fall/winter is all about aviation chic, and in saying that, is this a nod to the current and near future political climate or a homage to the past?


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Khaki - as seen in the shows of Gypsy Sport, Cedric Charlier, Christopher Raeburn, Berluti and Tim Coppens. A light olive brown to moderate or light yellowish brown, First introduced in uniforms of British cavalry in India (the Guide Corps, 1846); widely adopted for camouflage purposes in the Boer Wars (1899-1902).

Leather as seen in the shows of Tim Coppens, Mihara Yasuhiro, Craig Green, Philip Plein and Cedric Charlier. By WWII leather jackets became synonymous with military garb.

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Shearling as seen in Philip Plein, Facetasm and Mihara Yasuhiro's shows. Wool or fleece from a shearling sheep, usually used to line a coat.
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Strapping as shown in the shows of Craig Green, Christopher Raeburn and Facetasm. Aviation-wear is all about functionality and convenience. Although the strapping in these particular garments aren't particularly functional, the aesthetics clearly point to a reference from the past.
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War references as shown in Christopher Raeburn, Tim Coppens and Mihara Yasuhiro's shows. Ultimately literal references to what could come.