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Could camouflage be coming back?

October 30, 2009 | 12:40 pm

JCrew There it was -- hiding amidst the floaty pink-toned feminine fabrics at J. Crew's spring 2010 fashion presentation: a thigh-length military jacket done up in hardcore olive-hued camouflage.

The speckled print -- which was first worn by nonmilitary personnel during the Vietnam War (often by war protesters) -- has been absent from mainstream fashion since '90s-era grunge. And the toughie print has perhaps never been paired with more girly gear than it was at the J. Crew show -- where fat pearls and tiered ruffles peeked out from under the military jacket.

Camo prints in various color schemes have always loomed large at skate and snowboarding companies -- including Volcom and Burton -- but are they poised to return to fashion-forward dressing?

I like the idea of pairing the combat print with hyper-girly elements like red lipstick and heels. It feels impromptu and unexpected. But do you think such a deeply schizophrenic look could work off the runway? Let us know your thoughts.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: J.Crew

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