For the most part, Elle‘s list of “top fashion trends” for this autumn reads like any other: nautical, punk, pastels, Victorian, and Wednesday Addams are all fairly standard fodder for style inspiration. But one of these things is not like the others, and that thing would be “North Korea Chic,” which creative director Joe Zee is attempting to laud as “the next big thing.”
It’s since been removed from the slideshow (good call, editors who gave it the go-ahead in the first place), but The Washington Post snagged the screenshot, where Zee describes this super-hot trend as follows: “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.” Because, you know, North Korean prisoners and all. What’s next for Elle, Syrian chic? Oh, wait, Vogue already got their hands on that one.