‘Warcore’ and Dystopian Duds
From utilitarian-luxe to ‘warcore’ and tactical threads, we’re tickled by the trend that fuses functional combat clothes with avant-garde street and a pinch of punk. The cool combat motif is alive and thriving — at least in our wardrobe. We love apparel for the apocalypse inspired by real deal close quarters combat (CQC) combined with swish underground style and nuanced construction.
The past few fashion cycles have relentlessly celebrated everything and anything tactical. We think that’s a good thing — and a durable long-term trend. We also think the zeitgeist is channeling a nervous, bellicose disposition, handicapping some future kinetic event or spontaneous catastrophic outburst. These are angsty times, after all: Russia is rankled by its diminishing global influence; China is doggedly irredentist with a far-reaching axe to grind; Euro-thugs in the form of ‘Yellow Jackets’ and rightist seditionaries (ANTIFA) agitate for influence and vandalize wide swaths of Euroland; the Middle East is a radicalized powderkeg about to rupture, etc.
The garms at issue are functional, form-fitting and fierce — ‘warcore’ incorporates utilitarian workwear, street style ‘apocalyptic accents’ and cross-functional performance elements. Paired with some slick offbeat prints, a KTZ bomber over a baggy Demobaza hoodie, infantry pants with functional pockets, military-esque harnesses, Yeezy’s Season 6 camo/hunter kicks and — bang — you’ve got a killer Kevlar aesthetic.
‘Warcore’ has thankfully supplanted ‘normcore’ in this shifting global style matrix — arguably attributable to the eerie oscillations of geopolitics, globalization’s dark side, tribalistic tics, sartorial anarchy and our culture’s increasingly trigger-happy paranoia. Labels like Helmut Lang, Demobaza, Yeezy, KTZ, Undercover, ALYX, Nike Lab, A-Cold-Wall*, Under Armour, etc. exemplify this look and we fucking love it. Check out our token tactical picks below. Think survivalism, existentialism and looking effortlessly militant in a sexy kind of way. Bang.
Images Wikimedia Commons + Tactical Fashion + Diet Prada
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