This past May, New York Magazine dubbed “gorpcore” the camp-inspired sibling of the normcore trend. Gorpcore can mean sporting the uniform of a North Face fleece, Dickie’s jeans and Timberland boots—an ensemble that is only fashionable when done deliberately.
“If you live somewhere like New York and like the idea of camping but only get to do it twice a year, wearing these clothes is a way of planting the flag that you’re into it even though you never get to do it,” said multidisciplinary designer Justin Sloane.
Houses like Prada and Balenciaga have recently created high-end versions of gorpcore—cue the embellished Teva-inspired sandals and the off-the-shoulder parkas. The latest designer to go totally gorpcore is Greg Lauren.
Lauren has partnered with luxury outerwear company, Moncler, to create a line of jackets and vests out of deconstructed puffer jackets and denim. Lauren’s aesthetic was slightly inspired by his family’s all-American sportswear company. He took a signature sportswear staple and added an unconventional, experimental spin.
“My favorite approach to my own collection is to begin with something iconic, something classic and known by everyone at first sight, and to deconstruct it and rebuild,” said Lauren.
He cut up nylon Moncler puffer jackets in red, royal blue and black and married them with asymmetrical pieces of denim to create jackets, capes and even a pair of denim joggers.
You can also check out the collection on Ralph Lauren site.