‘Gorpcore’, Handmaid’s Tale-inspired fashion – all signs point to end of the world

Maybe Kanye West is to blame. For if he didn’t exactly pioneer what Hadley Freeman dubbed “dystopian sportswear” – that is, his line in tattered flesh-coloured lycra – he’s certainly been championing it. Other culprits conspiring to make us look like people at brunch who’ve had to run through a brush fire and a difficult obstacle course to get there include Alexander Wang and Vetements (the collective responsible for sweatshirts that cost $700).

We have arrived at a trend that could be described as “survivalist fashion-lite”. Or, perhaps it’s “end of the world as we know it but at least we have cold drip coffee”

In addition to subverted activewear, this weekend there was a fashion line inspired by the adaption of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novelThe Handmaid’s Tale, and last month The Cut introduced the world to the “gorpcore” fashion trend (“gorp” being a trail mix of nuts and seeds eaten by hikers).

Gorpcore is the kind of practical outdoor garb that you wore to measure the pH levels in the forest pond on your school camp. You know, survival gear – like fleeces and windbreakers and shoes that you can hike in without getting blisters.


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