THE KHAKI DOUBLE TAKE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEXANDER WONG & JON SOUTH
Spring is here and it's time to start thinking about how our wardrobes will shift for the upcoming months. For those feeling like their daily getup is getting a bit stale, or for those who find themselves in a mid-winter rut of donning all black, head to toe, it’s the perfect time to rethink and inject some change into your look. Enter: khaki - yes, you heard us right.
The mom-and-dad, sales-clerk staple has been reclaimed on the runways and is fast emerging as as one of Spring 2017’s most noteworthy looks. There is something about a crisp khaki pair of slacks or knee-length dress that feels fresh and out of the ordinary for this time of year. A heavier fabric than most, it’s versatile enough to act as a proper substitute for your trusted blue jeans or black trousers. And, as on the Spring 2017 runways, it now comes in myriad ways. At J.W.Anderson, we saw a button-down khaki dress with a bit of corseting in the mid-section and a bubble-skirt finish at the hem.
Valentino interpreted khaki two ways—as a hybrid of a trench coat and a cape, and in the form of a military-inspired coat with raw edges and big pockets. Undercover and Sonia Rykiel took a slouchy, low-slung approach; Tibi, Kenzo, and Alexander Wang went for high-waisted; and Rag & Bone, meanwhile, stuck to a classic-fit pant. And Maison Margiela, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Christian Dior, and Prada are just a few of the brands that went back to khaki’s roots, sending out variations on the iconic khaki trench. So why wait? Get a jump on the look and incorporate some khaki pieces in any form you choose, from blazers to skirts, the option are seemingly endless. Watch as Eyeland Eyewear Co-Founder and COO Yhordanka Akwanza takes on this spring trend in fine form x2. Find her on Instagram: @FlorKubana.Style