After a recent trip along a busy Oxford street, a dash to Stratford Westfields then an Easter weekend shopping trip to Bluewater in Kent, I decided to review an unlikely Spring/Summer 2016 trend which is subtle camouflage prints. I was surprised to see the print in summer form, traditional camo colours seemed to have continued on-trend in menswear from AW15 with a few pastel camouflage prints also appearing. Maybe the factories have left over camo fabrics for previous seasons!
Digging deeper, this trend actually shouldn't have been so surprising with Michael Bastian using the print in his SS16 collection and then Christopher Raeburn, Maharishi and James Long showcasing touches of military style in their AW16 collections on the runways at London Collections Men. It seems this trend is here to stay for another year which is good because you can purchase some good trans-seasonal pieces right now and get the most out of the purchase.
With April on our doorstep and the inevitable April downpours, it is THE time to invest in a raincoat mac jacket. Why not combine an essential jacket for rainy season with touches of camouflage print? I went shopping and found this example at Guards 1843 of London Liverpool Street. For £325 these waterproof raincoats are available in navy or black, with detailed gingham inner lining and camouflage print on the pocket detail and underside of collar.
Mike Hofman wrote for GQ back in 2015 about a Spring/Summer 2016 alternative to the traditional camouflage print. The leaf print, which I love is going to be one of the look I'll explore for SS16. So check back soon as when the weather brightens up I'll be posting my favourite looks for spring/summer this year.
As always, thanks for reading.