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Published: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 18, 2013 MYT 8:58:04 AM

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The Autumn/Winter 2013 collection features hunting elements.

The Autumn/Winter 2013 collection features hunting elements.

The latest collection from a rugged brand features hunting elements as its mainstay.

FOR a fashion brand that has its roots going back some four decades, Camel Active is still keeping up with the times. Its latest collection, though, is called Tracing Heritage; how’s that for irony?

The German brand began with men’s watches in the 1970s and later branched into rugged fashion in the 90s for men, and went on to include women’s wear, shoes and accessories in its line-up.

Apart from a running theme of an eagle¿s feather, Central Asian-inspired patterns and striking designs give the collection a versatile appearance. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star
Apart from a running theme of an eagle’s feather, Central Asian-inspired patterns and striking designs give the collection a versatile appearance. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

Inspired by the hunting traditions of the people of the Eurasian steppe who hunt with specially trained eagles, the Autumn/Winter 2013 look features hunting elements as its mainstay. The feel is casual, combined with functional urban form to dress the modern man.

Apart from a running theme of an eagle’s feather, Central Asian-inspired patterns and striking designs give the collection a versatile appearance. Accents are set with tweed, wool in Donegals and houndstooth, herringbone patterns, glen checks and suede, complemented with soft vintage corduroy, washed twill and quilted nylon. Leather is seen on labels, zipper pulls, sleeve trimmings or buttons, with the feather on sweatshirt prints.

For Camel Active, the hunting spirit is carried through with subtle repair effects and design elements.
For Camel Active, the hunting spirit is carried through with subtle repair effects and design elements.

The hunting spirit is carried through with subtle repair effects and design elements such as shoulder reinforcements or camouflage pattern as well as mixes and patches with contrasting materials.

Colours are not too harsh, in line with the Camel Active trend, with earthy neutral and blue tones, to fruity olive and slightly dusty beige brown forming the base palette. Bright sparks of saffron, cinnamon as well as tobacco and pumpkin, alongside even brighter highlights of fresh yellow and fiery red provide a sense of adventure for men who seek style.

Parkas and field jackets are winter must-haves; and the unlined field blazer in jacquard jersey as well as inspired vests in quilted variations, lambskin vests or camouflage wool lining provide warmth. Quilting is a fresh spin in Camel Active designs, and mixed with waxed cotton or camouflage nylon with pigment corduroy and vintage leather.

The feel is casual, combined with functional urban form to dress the modern man.
The feel is casual, combined with functional urban form to dress the modern man.

Bomber and biker jackets are reinterpreted through the use of contrasting lambskin collars while hunting sports jackets steal the limelight. These are seen elaborately patched on the inside with retro-stripes, chambray lining and coloured corduroy contrasts.

You can’t go wrong with sweaters, especially with simple round neckline solutions, tweaked with tweed and mouline looks. Quilted and placed stitching are tonal eye-catchers.

The Heritage icons – timber checks – are the focal point of the shirt collection alongside small patterns and two-colour work wear stripes. Theme-specific panel seams and multi-pockets continue the theme with a masculine slender silhouette.

Practical shirts for men, from Camel Active.
Practical shirts for men.

Last but not least, tailored chinos and wool cargos come in two-tone dark shades while denims present themselves in muted shades from grey to off-black and blue. 

*The new collection is available at all Camel Active stores.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Camel Active, Autumn/Winter, Tracing Heritage

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