Another winner from Converse Japan – Panda Camo
How could I not write about these? If you are reading this I am sure you will be aware that here at mattwyburn.com there is a lot of intrigue and affection for the Panda. Last year I wrote a piece about how camo is at the fore of fashion again, well it is still going strong and on it’s way up… again. It’s always nice to be able to re-affirm a trend and point it out. Whether it’s a modern interpretation of the timeless camo or the same old traditional mash of earthy colours, camo is as big as ever. And to prove the point, Converse Japan are soon to release this really nice Panda Camo pack for the Chuck Taylor high and low styles in a reversible monochrome print for June 2013. This is from the same section of Converse that released the Canvas Chevron Tiger Camo Pack about 6 months or so ago. Well received by the footwear world and on trend along side other brands such as A Bathing Ape.
These guys know how to work their prints. Unique to Converse alone, designed and developed in-house, this reversible print is just the tip of the iceberg for the utilisation of camo from now all the way through to SS14 (and after). Guaranteed to trickle down form catwalk all the way through to your local high street, for all you designers out there, you can’t go wrong with a bit of camo for AW13/14 and SS14. This type of print is not your traditional camo, maybe that’s part of its appeal for me – it’s fresh and clever. Camouflage is entirely transitional through seasons and offers up a plethora of opportunities to make it individual and unique, whether that be in its style, colour, abstract interpretations or anything else! Don’t be shy to flash a panel on your shoes, go all over or make it a feature of the lining, trim details and laces. This theme (now and in the next 2 seasons at least) follow through to accessories, in particular for mens in the casuals department.
Look out for this truly versatile and robust print on preppy back packs, hand held document folders and shoulder slung bags, off set against the footwear. A great example of this is the Addict preppy back pack at Bread & Butter AW13/14, another on trend item that transitions into SS14.