Is it my imagination or has this been on the rise these past couple of years??
this is something that's been bothering me for a LONG while,
more and more fashion seems to be using military motifs, whether camouflage or maybe more classic double breasted brass-buttons & epaulettes
to me this represents an stealthy militarisation of civil society, i understand that (in UK) soldiers are not allowed to wear uniforms unless on duty, this is good as it means the military don't use their uniforms as a status symbol & draws a clear boundary between civil & military society.
i reckon that them combat trousers with the paratrooper pockets have actually been in fashion since GW1 as have yer timbaland desertboots (ala swarzkopf). Now there seem to be more adoption of themes by hiphop & sports & even children's wear ffs, & now we see shit like 'ironic' pink camouflage prints =
that seems to me just to trivialise conflict and the reality of war in a society where we fund war but do not have to deal with it's consequences
I remember for years there've been a crew of rastas at carnival very year fully decked out on camo, (eden will know exactly who!), so is this maybe an exception? - more acceptable as they are a militant minority than from the social dominant group??
it sincerely disturbs me to see people on the high street dressed up like chetniks, it makes me feel like maybe roadblocks and kigali style street militia are just around the corner...
any conscious dissensite wish to defend their wardrobe against charges of militarism?? - can anyone say they don't own any militarised item? yer boots? yer beenie/balaclava? that flight jacket? or your trendy silver dog tag necklace?