From Calvin Klein to Burberry, fashion is looking to safety gear in unsettling times. But what do the men wearing it for work make of those wearing it for aesthetics?
- Read more from the autumn/winter 2018 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplement
Urgent! Men of the universe, we are teetering on the brink of new irony levels when it comes to the notion of a fashion emergency. This is not a drill. It is a trend: in fashion-aware urban enclaves, men are wearing hi-vis workwear. These are not people – builders, airport staff, police officers – who need to be seen for safety. These are men wearing hi-vis for its aesthetic value.