Cargo Pants At The Ready, Fashion’s Survival Trend Is In Full Swing

What does doomsday clothing look like? It is a question that more than a few have pondered in recent years and that has been brought to the fore in the new apocalyptic cinematic releases, Don’t look up And Matrix Resurrections.

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The answer, according to recent catwalks, is the survivalist trend. Balenciaga’s normcore-meets-hardcore approach was particularly popular. Confused? Demna’s Spring / Summer 2022 show saw models, most dressed in black, storm the red carpet runway wearing wrap-around sunglasses and leather. The penultimate look – a stretchy jumpsuit with its signature built-in boots and gloves, paired with bug-eye sunglasses – is a perfect example of a futuristic ensemble in which to tackle anything.

A futuristic jumpsuit was the penultimate look of Balenciaga’s spring / summer 2022 fashion show.

The matrix the reboot unleashed a wave of science fiction, survival gear (ish). Leather trench coats have been seen in Khaite, Alaïa and Alexander McQueen for Spring / Summer 2022, with Lyst reporting that Trinity and Neo outerwear are in high demand since December (searches for leather trench coats have increased 32%) .

Hailey Bieber made a nod to the OG protagonists of the ’90s with her recent style choices. To demonstrate this The Matrix not strictly for Halloween, Bieber wore gothic coats by Magda Butrym and Isabel Marant, as well as Nylah boots by Reformation, black wool-blend cargo pants by Bottega Veneta and thin black sunglasses by Raen.

The matrix-esque leather coats popped up across the board for Spring / Summer 2022.

Khaite spring / summer 2022

Cargo pants, like Hailey’s, were up 25%, but camouflage cargo pants have been a mainstay of Rihanna’s off-duty wardrobe for some time. The singer was on the cutting edge with her baggy Balenciaga cargo pants and The Attico which she wore last year with Amina Muaddi’s matching camouflage heels. Rih’s other survival garments include comfortable vests and jackets, shield sunglasses, puffy accessories, sweatpants and bomber jackets.

Hailey Bieber has worn no less than two leather coats since the beginning of the year.

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Of course, grunge lover Bella Hadid is another poster girl for the trend. Cargo, fleece and stomper boots are her MVPs, while the super practical, vintage Prada Militare Active Nylon fabric multipocket bag that she carries with her is well equipped for any occasion.

Rihanna is layered and ready for anything.


What’s the next step on the survival shopper list? Searches for shearling vests increased by 67%. Hold on tight, the dystopian mood is just taking hold.


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