- Lifestyle & Sports
- 14 Aug 15
Time to reach for the khakis – desert chic is back in vogue.
At this stage in late summer fashion, it’s time to gather inspiration from classic desert landscapes, palettes and fabrics. Think muted tones of tan and khaki, and timeless pieces like light trenchcoats and fashion-forward utilitarian looks.
Since hitting the runway over forty years ago, khaki has become a catwalk classic, and it has returned this season with a bang. While the style might bring you back to that ‘90s trend of baggy combat pants, it’s being interpreted in a variety of gorgeous ways by various fashion houses. Chanel’s parade of feminist protest showed stunning suede and khaki pieces and ponchos, indicating that this season’s fashionista is ready to battle it out for the show-stopper look of the summer. Marc Jacobs went for military inspired ensembles, bringing strong soldiers and structured skirts for sexy and formidable silhouettes. Meanwhile, Ralph Lauren opted for safari-style glamour, straight from Out Of Africa.
The combat-ready utilitarian vibe was not just confined to palette, but was evoked through hardware too. Designers took inspiration from wartime silhouettes and the world of industry, using fighter pilots and technicians as inspiration for their trends. Dior, Pucci and Ralph Lauren all looked to jumpsuits, accessorising with leather belts, scarves and statement jewellery for a world traveller vibe.
To bring this walk from the catwalk to the highstreet, layer chiffon and silk with pieces in leather and suede. Shorts and suede mini- dresses perfectly show off that summer tan, while snakeskin trim and fedora hats bring an exotic adventuress vibe to your outfit. Multiple zips and buttons lend an edge to flattering silk or glittery metallic fabrics, making all-in-one ensembles chic and modern enough to be worn out on the town. Team with heels for an evening vibe or sparkly sandals for an effortless daytime look.