By now, you probably know that I don't care about trends; but when North Korea is a trend, it must be mentioned. Turns out, Elle magazine was either in desperate need of some press (any press) this week or is completely out of touch with reality (even more than I thought was humanly possible). The mag posted on its site, an A-Z list of Fall 2013's top trend and "N" was North Korea Chic. It seems that Elle's creative director, Joe Zee (or almost certainly, someone ghost writing for Joe Zee (maybe an angry intern) - because Joe Zee is way, way too smart to ever write this!), thinks that "North Korea Chic" is everything. According to the piece, which was not a satirical feature, this trend is known for its "take no prisoners tailoring," and it is different from other military-themed fashion trends, as it is "edgier, even dangerous."
In addition to what appears to be a North Korean military official, the "N" portion of the list displays pieces from NYC-based designer Prabal Gurung's Fall 2013 collection, including a shoe he designed in collaboration with footwear brand, Casadei. An interesting choice of designer, I must say, as Gurung is a dedicated humanitarian. Apparently human rights abuses (think: imprisoning civilians in prison camps, killing citizens and soldiers of South Korea, and threatening the U.S. with nuclear weapons, etc.) is chic now. While the mag has since changed "N" to naval, featuring "North Korea Chic" in the first place is mind-boggling. Get your act together, Elle.