How The Balaclava Became This Season's Unexpected Key Accessory

Gucci, Calvin Klein and Preen all embraced the knit headwear

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Gucci, Calvin Klein and Preen all embrace the knitted headgear.

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Calvin Klein

Raf Simons subverted the dark sinisterness associated with balaclavas by creating them in jolly colours, giving them a distinctly handspun feel. This was less about dystopian doom, and rather about heroes and hope.

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Calvin Klein

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Calvin Klein

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Gucci

Gucci took its headgear up a notch with bold, colourful knit masks - a reference to a Japanese dance-drama called Kabuki where performers wear elaborate, theatrical make-up.

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Gucci

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Gucci

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Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang's balaclavas had more of a sporty skiwear appeal. With Matrix-inspired shades and boiler suits, this was power dressing for modern women ready for warfare.

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Alexander Wang

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Preen

Inspired by eco-feminism, and most specifically the haenyeo divers of South Korea, Preen's latest collection was a feminine take on scuba-diving attire. The label's signature romantic, floral dresses were accessorised with neoprene hats.

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Preen

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Preen

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