The French revolution may be a thing of the past, but with stunning visions of wartime wardrobes on fall runways, Napoleon has officially made his comeback.
In today’s battlefield, models march the runways led by design dictators Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier. With embellished empire-waist shapes and brass buttons accents everywhere from peacoats to blouses, military style is staging an invasion and your closet will want to follow suit.
"The most forgiving look is inspired by Napoleon’s love interest Josephine de Beauharnais, with her empire cuts and fluid gowns," says Anny Kazanjian, Chanel’s Executive Director of Public Relations and Fashion Promotion. "Therefore, an empire cut dress is the easiest way to include some Napoleonic-style dressing in your wardrobe."
Although the empire-cut is flattering on virtually all body types, there are many other ways to achieve courtship couture, so says Cara Vogl, Director of Public Relations and Advertising for Le Chateau. "There are great separates you can keep in the trenches of your closet," she says. "Pick one aspect of the military look that you are drawn to — epaulettes are a great acoutrement — and pair them with non-miltary pieces like your skinny jeans or classic tee’s." Vogol also suggests not being too literal with the look — no Marie Antionette look-alikes! — less is more.
Before you go on a major shopping binge — however delightful that sounds — copying the trends isn’t about purging your wardrobe in favour of the latest "it" pieces. Incorporate a couple of key items — rounded-toe riding boots with tights or denim, a slim-fitting navy peacoat with last season’s plaid skirts or the classic trench updated with big trimmings like gold buttons and piping — and you’re on your way to a fashion victory!
If this trend doesn’t appeal to your style sentiments, then check out our ode to metallics here!
From top to bottom, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier and Stella McCartney. All, courtesy Marcio Madeira.