Praising the Proliferation of Camel at the Fall Shows

During New York Fashion Week, Britt had a bit of a conniption over the masses of velvet sweeping the runways. By the end of Paris, I was also having
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During New York Fashion Week, Britt had a bit of a conniption over the masses of velvet sweeping the runways. By the end of Paris, I was also having
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During New York Fashion Week, Britt had a bit of a conniption over the masses of velvet sweeping the runways.

By the end of Paris, I was also having a conniption. But this time, it was a good thing. And it was over camel.

I've been wearing more khaki over the last couple of seasons, so I had a feeling camel coats and skirts were about to creep back onto fashion's radar. However, I never imagined it would play such a significant role in the story of the season.

Camel first emerged--at least in my eyes--at Michael Kors in the form of high-waisted, a-line skirts and slashed-elbow overcoats. 3.1 Phillip Lim and Tommy Hilfiger followed suit.

In London, camel made Aquascutum one of the strongest collections of the season. MaxMara showed requisite camel overcoats in Milan, but it wasn't until Paris that the color was everywhere. Chloe was virtually all-camel, and it made appearances at Giles, Hermes, Akris, Stella McCartney and others.

And I have to admit--I love it. I love camel because yes, it's classic and All American in the way Lauren Hutton is All American, but I also appreciate it because it's accessible. It's not something that looks too cheap when it's made cheaply, like velvet. Virtually anyone can buy a camel coat--I have one from H&M that was $50, but I also have a Calvin Klein topper that was $300. Phoebe Philo, currently my favorite designer in the world, didn't do camel this season. That's because she did it for spring. Always thinking ahead, that one.

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