Yes, the kick-ass frontiers aesthetic that Leonardo sports in The Revenant has been heavily influencing menswear designers this season – with patched skins, whipstitched blankets, frock coats and breeches making “a compelling, if inadvertent, fashion statement — one being simultaneously echoed in the world of style” (according to the New York Times).
“There is something heroic to these men living in nature and dressing in a simple, natural, organic fashion,” said Jacqueline West, the Oscar-nominated costume designer of The Revenant. “t’s hard at times to sort the characters in their woolens, badger and buffalo hides from the animals around them.
“They are part of the natural world,” she said. “They almost become the animals that they’re hunting,” their natural camouflage “speaking to a sense of preservation in us.”
The Times reports that the A/W 2016 men’s wear shows all featured wild and woolly Western-inflected counterparts of that cushioned-and-quilted tech look.
That means there were “beefy shearling jackets and furs, buffalo plaids, roughed-up curly lamb coats, and Pendleton-style blankets” at Dolce & Gabbana, while Dries Van Noten and Burberry each issued “husky man-furs atop outdoorsy plaid shirts or fleeces.”
Coach celebrated “doughty American archetypes like Kit Carson with a succession of patched leather jackets, lumberjack shirts, bandannas and bucket hats virtually bristling with flinty resourcefulness.”
As the Coach handout stated, “The collection was about finding the heroic in everyday life.”
LOVE IT! Bring it on! (But maybe lets wear fake bear skins instead of, you know, killing actual bears.)