Bomber Pa­trol

If you haven’t joined the flight squad yet, where have you been, chaps?

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

From its birth in the chilly cock­pits of the 1940s through to Beck­ham’s Bel­staff ’d back via Top Gun, In­di­ana Jones and the Yeezus Tour, the bomber jacket has held an en­dur­ing cool kid ap­peal. Ac­cord­ing to Google’s an­nual Fash­ion Trend Re­port, searches for bombers—which were al­ready shoot­ing up in 2015—were up 297 per cent year on year in the UK in 2016 and a whop­ping 612 per cent in the US. If you haven’t in­vested al­ready, there re­ally is no longer an ex­cuse. With mul­ti­ple mod­ern it­er­a­tions and de­vel­op­ments on the mid­night blue and sage green of the orig­i­nal mil­i­tary is­sue Ma1—slinky starred num­bers at Valentino, Gucci’s but­tery soft hand-painted leather and the more func­tional shear­ling ver­sions of­fered by Prada and Coach are all stand­outs—there re­ally is a bomber to suit ev­ery taste and tem­per­a­ment. Time to look sharp and get in flight mode.

Lau­rent Saint

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