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As the Climate Cools, Will Gorpcore be the Hottest Trend in 2023? 

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Military and Adventure – Gorpcore’s parentage


Adventure gear – for climbing mountains, and military gear – for fighting battles had a baby and named it “Gorpcore”. Growing up to be the slightly obnoxious teenager you can't help but love, Gorpcore was weaned on fashion runways, making a name for itself in ensembles shining with ripstop and reflective logos. The exact formula of performance-garments-meets-luxury-fashion has been achieved mostly by city slickers, giving it inherent New York City appeal. As ubiquitous on catwalks as it is on hiking trails, often pricey, and even lauded for its illustrious dating history (read: collaborations), Gorpcore is destined to remain cool and cashed-up. Or is it?

Now in its adolescence, Gorpcore is facing a crisis known to every nepotism baby with successful parents –how do I stay relevant? Will I ever outshine my predecessors who actually had to do the hard yards to get to where they are? 

So, what does Gorpcore’s parentage mean for the trend in 2023? 

Tactical Influence in Gorpcore – Military for the uninitiated 


Gorpcore’s dad is an army officer. A seasoned corporal, he was promoted to the ranks of general and was honoured in his retirement for serving as an air force officer, naval soldier, sergeant, and captain. This is all metaphor of course. The point being that one half of Gorpcore comes from military and tactical influence. Tactical gear refers to specialised garments worn for strategic operations. Rather than your standard-issue pants and t-shirt, tactical gear is vests and cargo pants with multiple storage pockets, and accessories like sunglasses designed to cut glare from the brightest surfaces, like snow. Tactical gear is made for stealth and camouflage, but also protection.


Up until now, tactical gear has had a steady influence on Gorpcore, defining the desirable proportions that have long been loved in streetwear as well as the colours and prints that look the most edgy at fashion shows. 

We’ve embraced tactical fashion through a connection with pop culture. 

But with the current high-profile war in Ukraine, will the fashion-conscious still embrace tactical elements of Gorpcore? Or will we try to distance ourselves from reminders of armed conflict? 

The Warrior Myth


Military gear in civilian fashion appears to stem from the warrior myth proliferated through films and pop culture: That wars are survivable based on your readiness. Movies such as Saving Private Ryan have upheld the Hollywood ideal that wars are worth fighting, and those that perish do so honourably. However, the reality of war is that even those who are highly skilled die senselessly. Survival instead depends on sheer luck in the face of random carnage. 

Consumers wanting to partake in the myth might opt for tactical Gorpcore to achieve the desired look, signalling that there is something desirable about being perceived to be in the military. But within the meat grinder of the war machine, soldiers on both sides are killed precisely for the uniform they are wearing. 

So, do fashionable civilians have a death wish?



During the First World War, in the narcissistic quest for poetic justice, war-makers decided to wait an additional six hours after signing the peace armistice before announcing an end to the war. This resulted in the loss of another 3000 lives after the war had ended. These deaths, rendered even more pointless than those lost during the war, were sacrificed by the Generals in order to end the war at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – what we know as Remembrance Day. 

Traditions such as these have maintained our enchantment with the ritual power of sacrifice, and this belief about the nature of sacrifice and survival has allowed fashion to embrace military gear, for better or for worse. With war at the forefront of cultural consciousness, it is predicted that an uptick in tactical gear in fashion will be seen throughout 2023. 


Military gear – Prepared or just posturing? 

It’s not just soldiers that mistake readiness for survivability, but civilians too.  

When I’m on the train trying to pull off the combat-chic look in the dead of summer in boots, utility jacket and cargo pants, and an actual soldier dressed in his Military Green uniform gets on the same carriage - both of us sweating for a cause - is my cause any more imagined than his? Faced with a compressed metal alloy headed for the same skin that can barely withstand sunlight, it’s not looking very good for either of us. 

Wartime has always signalled changes in fashion on home fronts. The rationing of fabric resulted in the rationing of clothes during the Second World War. Resources for civilians were limited and prices rose on everything from food to medicine. Manufacturers were quick to respond to the potentiality of bombings and gas warfare, producing clothes that were intended to increase the wearer’s chance of survival. A handbag from the 1940s featured an in-built oxygen respirator. Even the boiler suit which we wear for fashion today was first designed for use in air raid shelters. 


In 1942, “utility” clothing for civilians hit the high street with the intent of providing quality, longer-lasting garments at a regulated price point in response to rations. This government-issued clothing was marked “CC” for “Civilian Clothing”. 

Today, with countless global conflicts including war in Ukraine and across Africa and Afghanistan, war is still a reality for us. Thanks to globalisation, our supply chains are more resilient, and while prices have skyrocketed, fashion is still very much available to us. Historically, wartime has brought with it a subliminal desire for readiness. This could see Gorpcore embraced throughout 2023 in its most fundamental form – tactical gear such as camo vests and cargo pants, dark colours and unfussy silhouettes. Despite the unlikelihood of an air raid over other parts of Europe, military inspired Gorpcore will still be produced by luxury fashion houses, paving the trend for high-street brands.  

Historically, wartime has brought with it a subliminal desire for readiness. 

The War on Climate: The real war 

Climate Change and Sustainability

 
Meet Gorpcore’s mum: adventure wear. She’s famous for having climbed the highest mountains and rambled the roughest terrains. She’s braved perilous weather systems; icy peaks and frost-bitten moors, burning sun and unforgiving deserts. She’s a pioneer and she does it all in a selection of plastic-derived fabrications reworked to reject whatever conditions are threatening a good time. 

As the climate continues to be ravaged by human-led pollution, we continue to fight the real war. In this case, Gorpcore has actually been able to inherit and improve upon his mother’s legacy, swapping out the unrelenting use of plastic for recycled materials and natural fibres.  

But while war and the climate emergency continue to rage, the survivalist mood amongst consumers prevails. With extreme weather events now the norm, Gorpcore has not only the fashion conscious turning to it for solutions, but those of us who put practicality first. As the weather between the train station and the office continues to become more treacherous, adventure gear centric Gorpcore is finding increasing relevance even in the wardrobes of city dwellers. 

Gorpcore for the apocalypse

 
Thanks to the Gorpcore trend, adventure brands designing for this market of consumers recognise the desire for environmental initiatives and are more likely to display a moderate commitment to sustainability when compared to sportswear and streetwear brands. Sustainability authority, Good On You, has ratedThe North Face “good”. They use some sustainable fabrics and have set an absolute target to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions generated by their production and supply chain. Like many brands, sustainability is an ongoing pursuit for The North Face.


Outdoor brands have a vested interest in creating planet-friendly garments that will leave the locations they are worn in better than they found them. As such, consumers will be looking for more sustainability perks in their Gorpcore fits. Leading brands can be expected to respond over the next few years, with Patagonia setting the example last year when they donated $3 billion to environmental causes. 

Gorpcore can be expected to continue to turn to outdoor contexts to inform its technical, sustainability, and performance facets. 


Military and adventure gear have always had an influence on Gorpcore. However, 2023 may be the year that Gorpcore comes into its own. Following overseas conflicts and the global climate emergency, consumers will be turning to Gorpcore wanting something more than military or outdoor gear can offer on their own. Consumers will want to embrace the practical aspect of adventure gear to combat wild weather in garments that are both innovative and sustainably made. At the same time, consumers will respond to high-profile global conflicts with a subliminal desire to be “ready”. As such, camo prints, dark colours, and tactical gear associated with law enforcement will be embraced. With the best of both military and adventure gear as its calling cards, in 2023 Gorpcore is more than the sum of its parts. 

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