Brights, prints and all things loud

If you’re not one for colour, you’d best learn to love it as it’s going to be all over the place come next spring. Burberry showed ikat prints, raffia bobble hats and cork-soled, woven moccasin shoes. A possible answer to Prada’s insanely popular flatform shoe? Maybe. Givenchy had obviously read the print memo too. The house rolled with Hawaiian surfer chic. That means lush, tropical prints and yes, skirts.

That ’60s vibe

Get ready to start buying slimmer suits. It was back to the swinging ’60s with designers taking inspiration from Carnaby Street and a young Michael Caine. Alexander McQueen went all Savile row meets rock ‘n’ roll with pyjama-style striped pants, a Mick Jagger-esque oversized dress shirt and even a flame print jacket. Conversely, Gucci went for slimmer silhouettes to suit the rakish,womanizer in Prince of Wales check and houndstooth.


If you’re the type who likes to flash a bit of skin than the season’s trend for transparent clothing might be for you. Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Maison Martin Margiela all teased with sheer and diaphanous knits. But of course, it was the Dolce & Gabbana duo that took it a step further with a nod to Sicilian fishing heritage. Sounds quaint but boy will it take some ballsy blokes to pull it off! The look: Mesh netting worn over sweaters.

Sporting Olympic chic

Olympic tickets may be hard to come by, but there’s no shortage of sporty references in the collections. Calvin Klein looked to ’80s athletic wear while Vivienne Westwood parodied the games with Olympic orb tees.