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iStyle: Fashion fatigues: Khaki camouflage

Khaki camouflage has been given a makeover this season, updated in luxe jacquards and unusual hues. We’re all in the Army now, says Holly Swayne

With each fashion season comes a new print to covet – the latest must-have motif as seen on everyone from the industry’s top editors to the high-street buying public at large.

And now, it’s camouflage that has made the sartorial cut. Despite its traditional function, to disguise, camouflage was impossible to miss on the autumn/winter catwalks and on the attendees of the spring/summer shows currently in full swing.

Of course, military influences are nothing new to fashion. The army trend has resurfaced in various incarnations over the years, from the ubiquitous combat trousers of the 1990s to an abundance of ready-for-battle styles this time last year, when designers such as MaxMara and Topshop Unique offered up heavy khaki coats and utilitarian boots. But this season’s take on the trend couldn’t be less suited to military pursuits. Designers have put a luxurious twist on the print, moving away from the previously basic greens and browns by experimenting with more refined colours, materials and textures. Christopher Kane led the way for the new look with a whole collection of sophisticated camo this season, updating it in silk jacquard and with a colour palette of rich rust, blue and icy silver.

Similarly extravagant versions were seen at Michael Kors, who presented the print in various scales and colours across both tailoring and separates, while Michael van der Ham showcased his signature use of texture with intricately stitched camo-esque collage.

Unsurprisingly, the print is a hit on the high street, too. The Whistles jacquard pencil skirt and a silk shirt-dress from Topshop Boutique are effortlessly polished pieces that will march you into the new season in style.