Military Chic

Sharp tailoring and hard lines…The military trend was in full swing on the F/W 2010/11 catwalks. Sharp tailoring with a strong menswear influence leavened with body conscious lines found their way into collections from Dior to Alberta Ferretti.

Jil Sander kicked it off last season in her S/S 2010 collection with a pale, curvy suit featuring oversized patch pockets on jacket and skirt. A slim belt over the jacket foreshadowed a look featured in many of the pre-fall collections.

Christian Dior takes it back to WWII with a short trench style jacket belted tightly over a poufy lace skirt. Model Heloise Guerin looks like a little french waif adopted by the troops. The thigh high stockings are a bit much, but love the brown leather booties.

Burberry Prorsum’s standout navy coat with black epaulets and buttons is also shown tightly belted, over cropped grey trousers.

This Balenciaga shoe isn’t strictly on trend, but the colors of the open toed ankle boot bring to mind desert camouflage. Pair it with something sweet like the McCartney coat with black tights for fall, and it’s perfectly martial.