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  • 26 June 2016

Milan’s Spring-Summer ’17 collections were replete with utility-inspired clothes in muted earthy tones and clean lines. From laid-back pieces like Versace’s super longline hoodie, Les Homme’s co-ord set, and Salvatore Ferragamo’s sweatshirt-inspired bomber, to Neil Barrett’s slimmer and smarter Cuban collar shirt, next summer, safari is going to become your favourite outdoor activity.

As an offshoot to the Modern Safari trend, next season, warm-weather jackets are taking on a different look — one that’s more utilitarian and functional. Keep a lookout for detailing in the form of multiple flap pockets, zippers and metal buttons, in everything from gilets like that of Sunmei and Marcelo Burlon County Of Milan, to denim jackets like DSquared2 and Diesel Black Gold.

Hone your artistic skills for embroidery and applique techniques will soon be adding visual and tactile interest to casual jackets and separates. Floral motifs create an overall relaxed yet vibrant summer vibe. Take inspiration from the shows of Salvatore Ferragamo, Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, and Ports 1961.

Last summer smart sandals ruled the runways. Next season, it’s going to be the return of the active sandal, a style that has stayed away from sight since the early 2000s. Multi-hued, strappy and made of waterproof materials, these pieces add an element of sport to dailywear. Accompanying your sandals this time will be sporty socks, like they did for the shows of MSGM, Emporio Armani, Prada and Versace.


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