HIGH CAMP!

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SLEEP­ING BAGS – prob­a­bly the least likely thing to win the FROW’S ap­proval at Paris Fash­ion Week. But it hap­pened. In a word: Cé­line. It’s no se­cret that the Parisian house’s cre­ative di­rec­tor, Phoebe Philo, has a sixth sense for an­tic­i­pat­ing ex­actly what women want and, this sea­son, that meant sleep­ing bags strewn on seats at the show.

Cé­line’s sleep­ing bag mo­ment was cer­tainly com­fort­ing at the tail end of a long fash­ion month. It was also in­dica­tive of a wider fash­ion move­ment that’s gained mo­men­tum over the course of the S/S ’18 shows: High Camp, haute rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of proudly prac­ti­cal camp­ing garb. Of course, in nor­mal cir­cum­stances, it would be fair to say fash­ion folk aren’t the sort who would go camp­ing out of choice or plea­sure (and no, a Win­nebago at Glasto or a cabin at Soho Farm House does not count as ‘camp­ing’), but that’s not to stand in the way of a trend.

If you need one item come spring: it’s a luxe wind­cheater. There was one at Cé­line, yes ( in but­ter-soft white leather, it was def­i­nitely not for the woman who will go any­where near the el­e­ments), but also 

at Ba­len­ci­aga, Anya Hind­march, Fenty Puma and even those bas­tions of high-end hy­per-femininity like Mary Ka­trant­zou and Os­car de la Renta. You’re also go­ing to want to put multi-pocket cargo pants and lace-up boots on your wish list.

So how do you pull it off ? Don’t go lit­eral (no­body’s find­ing their way to shows with a com­pass just yet). In­stead, take your cue from Marc Ja­cobs’ glo­ri­ously eclec­tic S/S ’18 show, which saw mod­els walk out in bum­bags, tech­ni­cal fab­rics and func­tional Vel­cro san­dals, mixed to­gether with tur­bans, se­quins and lairy ’60s flo­rals.

As any sea­soned camper will tell you: prep is ev­ery­thing. So, get ahead of the trend now. Any­one who did the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award at school will have painful mem­o­ries of hik­ing boots. Re­deem them with this sea­son’s rein­ter­pre­ta­tions from Off-white, Is­abel Marant and Acne – easy to walk in and the per­fect way to toughen up a pretty dress. And if you want the gen­uine ar­ti­cle, Patag­o­nia fleeces, North Face puffers and Teva san­dals (with socks, nat­u­rally) have al­ready been adopted by Gen Z-ers. This is Norm­core 2.0. Sadly, there’s no sign of Ken­dal Mint Cake re­plac­ing canapés at fash­ion par­ties – yet.

Coat, £150, Ar­ket (ar­ket.com)

Boots, £170, Tim­ber­land (tim­ber­land.co.uk)

Trousers, £65, Craghop­pers (craghop­pers.com)

Bum­bag, £22, East­pak (east­pak.com)

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