But ask fashion designers Anna Sui or Tibi, or the Beauty editors at Vogue.com, who recently featured camouflage-print nail polish, and they are more likely to extol camouflage’s ability to help the wearer stand out in a crowd.
A young woman I met on the subway platform this week perfectly demonstrated this principle by pairing an over-sized camouflage parka with black ankle boots:In both nature and fashion, the optical effect of a camouflage pattern is to notice and move on. The alternation of irregularly shaped blots of light and dark catches the eye but is too busy and blended to let it stay there long: the eye slides off to focus on the surroundings – be they tree bark or a fabulous necklace or pair of shoes.
Another trend setter, on 27th Street between Madison and 5th and Avenues in New York City’s Flatiron District, paired camo print skinny jeans in subtle dark greens with a demure top and patent leather shoes:
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