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#5: Soldier Up


#5: Soldier Up

Joelle Renee Benoliel

Fashion has always borrowed from the battlefield to dress women in dignity and strength. From Coco's St. James sailor shirts to Lagerfeld's brilliant protest show last fall, Chanel has often transformed political inspiration into high fashion. And of course Balmain has been king of the warriors for years with his ornate jackets.

This season the warrior look is taking ground on the runways, with asian influences at Alexander McQueen and more military-inspired brilliance at Balmain, Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs. At LACMA's current exhibit Samurai, we meditated on why the military has become such a powerful creative influence. The designer for the exhibit explains,"The procession as ceremony as well as the military procession, it is so simple yet very strong... creative design takes advantage of these parameters like a strategic move in Judo; using and aligning the forces around you to make your mark."

This spring we're facing down our insecurities and taking calculated risks in order to grow. It's required a new kind of discipline, focus, and courage to push through the resistance that so often challenges creative pursuits. As anyone who has read Steven Pressfield's The War of Art knows, "It is one thing to study war, another to live a warrior's life."

We don't know about you, but we wouldn't mind a few new pieces of armor to equip us for the fight and remind us of the strength that's already inside of us.

For more inspiration check out our Pinterest board.

Photo Credits: top left runway Jason Wu SS15 , top right
Marc Jacobs SS15, bottom left runway Gucci SS15, top left civil war soldier , middle samurai sailors walkingKate Moss, long military coat , French Napoleon III Cavalry Helmet Circa 1852-70 from pinner Curt Sambelli, patch Petty Officer 2nd Class --Assistant Master at Arms c.1908 15th Sihks soldierwomen in military uniform, 1914 postcard of a poilu supporting a fainting British tommy. 

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