British label Maharishi takes us to the Middle East and Southeast Asia for their latest Spring Summer offering. Entitled “Viet-Afghan Coalition Tour”, designer Hardy Blechman drew inspiration from Italian artist Alighiero Boetti's constant travels to Afghanistan and the historical American occupation in Vietnam. With a recurring military theme throughout the collection, tough-looking models in camouflage prints, bomber jackets, tech parkas, m-65s and utility trousers invaded the stage. Baklavas, keffiyeh-style scarves, bandanas, utility bags and military hats completed the army-themed numbers. Through the years, Maharishi has experimented with various technical fabric treatments to create stylish yet functional, wearable clothing. Blechman added a handful of conceptual pieces to the show like the scene-stealing baklavas to render a stronger, more dramatic impact to the audience. But in general, the cohesive collection is essentially wearable.
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