Camouflage fashion wants to be seen

You may not have noticed it -- and, after all, that's the whole point -- but keep your eyes peeled and you'll swear you're in boot camp.

Camouflage has long been a popular pattern with guys, swiped from the military for its street cred. But in the past year it's exploded, seen on pants, jackets, bags -- and in rather atypical shades. Hot pink camo? Where can you hide in that -- a Bratz convention?

Meanwhile, back at the Pentagon, actual military-use camo has been under intense scrutiny. The U.S. Army is expected to announce soon new camo prints for soldier's uniforms to replace a pixilated version the Army adopted (at a cost of $5 billion) in 2004. The so-called Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) was intended to protect soldiers in woodland, desert and urban terrains -- sort of the military equivalent of a smart Armani suit that goes from day to night.

It didn't. Studies show that UCP ... well shows, instead of blends. So it's back to the drawing board.

Perhaps the military brass will be inspired by the camo prints gathered here. Granted, the Jean Paul Gaultier dress may be a bit much in combat, but when it comes to the war on tartar, that camo toothbrush has real stealth potential. -- Joseph V. Amodio

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