Military looks command attention in NY's fashions

Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:11am EDT
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Call it urban warrior, military chic or even drab fab.

Commanding attention in the fashions for next spring and summer, unveiled this week in New York, are officer jackets, camouflage prints, brass buttons and cargo pants, all made softer in fabrics of linen, lace and silk.

The mix of tough and tender, or functional and feminine, scores well with fashion consumers, experts say.

"It's huge. Military has become a staple," said luxury consultant Robert Burke. "People seem to feel a bit protected in these military jackets, a little more secure."

"It's not girly fashion, it's not a frilly look," he added. "It's a slightly stronger look, and it just seems to be comfortable for people right now."

Leading with military-infused looks at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York were such collections as Ruffian, which showed ambassador jackets with stand-up collars and brass buttons, four-pocket legion jackets, crisp canvas skirts and sequined skirts and dresses in camouflage-patterned fabric.

The Ruffian collection was inspired by Susan Travers, the only woman to serve officially with the French Foreign Legion, said designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais.

"Travers' inspired life with elements of diplomacy, military, exotic travels and romance made for a perfect muse for our collection," they said in describing their looks.   Continued...

<p>A model presents creations from the Derek Lam Spring 2011 collection during New York Fashion Week September 12, 2010. REUTERS/ Kena Betancur</p>