Forget about NormCore, its now about GorpCore
Fashions new Patagonia Outdoor Phase
The new Gorpcore, mountain daddy chic phase is taking the streets by storm, forget about the understated normcore, we’re talking huge oversized puffer jackets, Velcro straps, mountain gear, windbreakers, fanny packs to even a modern twist on your scout ( and brownies) street style.
‘‘Mountain chic’ and ‘camping glam’ might be some of the words used to describe the look —mixing in practicality with big-name labels, current popular shapes and runway-worthy structures’.-Vogue Australia
Limited Access to Nature
As urbanization expands, we’re becoming more in touch with digital technology rather than mother nature itself, subconsciously trying to find a balance within to compensate for the overload of digital tech rushing in our brains.
Indeed, there’s a fantasized idea of being in the great outdoors and living life in the wild natures and its wonders instead of being isolated into 4 x 4 apartments. The thought of adventure is something appealing and an idea people really buy into, but one that is manifested through ones wardrobe rather than through actual adventures in mountaineering and off-trail hiking with walking poles. It’s cheating but that’s alright. Not everyone has access to mountains and beautiful river streams.
‘Is A$AP Rocky going to wear a puffer jacket, zip-up fleece and Balenciaga bumbag for a weekend of hardcore skiing? No. But damned if he doesn’t look really good and super comfortable’ as Vogue Australia mentions.
Brands who are naturally within this phase are Napapijri, Columbia, Patagonia, Canada Goose, Arc’teryx, Stone Island, and the likes, but luxury brands are also jumping quickly tapping their share into this trend; Just think of Celine’s take on Birkentsocks, Balenciaga with its sleeping bag -puffer jackets, Prada’s version of camper chich, and Vetement’s utilitarian and futuristic references on this new phase where everything resonates with the ugly meets pretty concept.
Also due to gender neutrality concept in fashion, were also seeing a strong shift for collections to tilt on a more masculine side where comfort, functionality and the ‘ I really just don’t give a shit’ attitude are coming more flagrantly into play than before.
The trend in itself looks extremely practical, embracing the ‘Granola’ culture and exempting the wearer from the circle of high fashion, something that can be soothing at a time of in your face blinged up logos. We’re now seeing the cool kids on the block transform this winter gorpcore trend and extending it all the way down to spring, summer and fall, wearing “element-braving fleeces, ponchos, parkas, and windbreakers coming from the no-nonsense not so sexy brands stated above matched with painter pants, Vans, Hawaiian shirts, and Dickies because head-to-toe outdoorwear would be too literal. The outfit isn’t designer, but it is fashion, in the way that any aesthetic executed with intentionality — ever insistent and dissonant — can become “a look.”’- The Cut Jason Chen
Although some media may state this is a political movement due to the current political climate, where standing for the good and having solidarity is becoming relevant, I think it also has to do with archive 80’s-90’s pieces coming back and the internal need to re-balance our current life of uber-urbanzination, something most developing countries are dealing with as the moment. Unfortunately for most of us, a simple walk in the nature, hiking, camping trips have become something of the mere past ( or even un-existent to the new metropolite genZ’s).
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