MILITARY FASHIONS CONTINUE to be in vogue; as a result, army green has emerged as a true fashion contender on the runways. Fall/winter collections from Calvin Klein, Philip Lim and Prabal Gurung showcase this mainstay color in a variety of apparel types, from leather skirts to coats.

David Goldman, vice president of Philadelphia Rapid Transit, explains how the popular appeal of this color involves current trends in street wear, which emphasize dark neutrals and feature army green as a black alternative. “While black has always been a highly versatile neutral,” he says, “army green – which urban hipsters have brought into the limelight – can function very similarly.” Not only is army green an ideal choice for logos and embellishments, it conveys many qualities as a muted hue in street wear. “A subdued palette stresses a resourceful, functional and tough attitude that flashy or bright colors can’t transmit,” Goldman says.