Utilitarian: (Adj). Designed to be useful or practical rather than attracting.
As of Spiring/Summer 2017, the utilitarian lewk is back. Céline and Loewe have updated the military trench while Chloé and Ms. McCartney have taken to task the duty of modernizing the cargo pant. Renewal has become the name of the game. Since its Summer 2016 return, the utilitarian trend has steadily evolved from the rugged military jacket into sleek, luxurious silhouettes. Has the trend of functionality outgrown its own definition? Not necessarily.
Luxury does not negate functionality, as the likes of Acne and Marc Jacobs remind us, season after season. One of the great features of the useful trend is its ability to swerve into multiple lanes and adapt to various seasonal temperatures. The luxury slant simply ups the ante of practicality. It gives the khaki new meaning and life.
Above, I paired a sweater á la Alexander Wang with the aforementioned "updated" khaki. It's modern, it's sleek, and it's practical for these here temperate lows. Leaving the house, I feel sexy, I feel distinct, I'm warm and I can move -three of the four being very important motivators to my getting dressed. Most importantly, however, I can pair these pants with a silk tank, an oversized cashmere and wool sweater, and slinky sandal or (if I wore them) a Timb*. Where the style may have been considered hard or rugged, the remodel of various staples has now opened the door to those that fall outside the confines of the definition.
That kind of practicality can never be outgrown.
*Google: Rihanna winter looks
Sweater: Alexander Wang / Pant: Zara / Shoe: Puma