Whether an appreciation for construction, history, or utilitarian design, military-inspired garments can’t be separated from war. And while the vast majority of brands take influences from garb donned by soldiers in battle, W’menswear takes a different tack with their newest collection, “Revolution of Tenderness,” which casts a more nurturing eye on the tumultuous 1970s.
The collection, though partially inspired by the Vietnam War, uses a more nuanced avenue to approach the subject matter. Instead of Apocalypse Now, they focus on the Australian Army Nursing Corp. So, we get the militaria that everyone loves, but from a division of the armed forces more focused on healing and teaching than using napalm. Slouchy, pragmatic coveralls dominate the lookbook, but they’re complemented by life-jacket-orange dresses and Navy-inspired bell flared deck pants. W’menswear does what the brand does best, reinterpret the classics, while simultaneously playing with our gender mores.