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Thursday, August 27th 2009

Marching Orders

8_20_09

If you wax nostalgic for the army/navy surplus jackets and camo prints of your angst-filled adolescence, but want something more sophisticated (and less musty tent-scented) now that you’re (allegedly) all grown up, this is your season.

Military-inspired felted-wool winter coats have long been Marc by Marc Jacobs’s specialty, and this season he doesn’t disappoint, bringing us a smart, double-breasted style with his signature sharp tailoring. Fall also sees designers doing the beloved surplus jacket one better. SMYTHE gives it a feminine fit and fingerless gloves at each sleeve, while Torn by Ronny Kobo lines it in super-plush faux fur.

What gets my vote for Most Creative Use of Camo Print? The flirty chiffon frock from Diane von Furstenberg featured in the pic above. (BTW it’s scheduled to arrive any day.) Striking that balance of timeless and totally unexpected, this is one of those pieces that will always feel current.

--Maureen

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