On Tuesday, Elle published the following statement on its website: “We regret the reference to North Korea in our post on the season’s military trend, and have removed the image. We apologize to those we offended.” However, as of Wednesday morning, the offending image could still be viewed on elle.com.
Among the boyfriend jeans, classic tailcoats, and metallic pumps featured in the guide was a pair of $425 designer camouflage pants. Instead of simply calling the pants part of a “military trend,” the magazine boldly dubbed the look “North Korea Chic” with the accompanying text: “Some iteration of the military trend stomps the runways every few seasons. This time, it's edgier, even dangerous, with sharp buckles and clasps and take-no-prisoners tailoring.”
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