NEW YORK — Aviator looks have been in style since World War II, along with the military- and men’s wear–inspired pieces that have found their way into women’s closets. Hollywood, certainly, has capitalized on the aesthetic, turning it into a costume trope of sorts, a marker of more straightforward and heroic times. To wit: Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming film, “The Aviator,” about eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes, is due out in the fall, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, along with Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn, Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner and Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow.Designers, for once ahead of the Hollywood curve, have already prepared modernized versions of the bomber jacket for fall, along with the double-breasted trench and the field coat.“We love the bomber for fall, it’s a good contrast to the blazer,” said Tiffany Wendel, co-owner of Dari in Studio City, Calif. “We’re doing one by Development for late fall with a fur collar, very luxurious.”It should be noted, however, that the bomber look certainly isn’t a recent trend in women’s wear. During WWII, the trailblazing Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASPs were the first women to don the military-issued jackets, now a fashion staple in everyday life.
Photos by Talaya Centeno; Model: Tattyana Simanava/Next; Hair by Dennis Gotsoulos, Makeup by Roanna, Both for Warren Tricomi; Styled by Kim Friday.