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Key Catwalk Trends

From the Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear Shows

Key Catwalk Trends

From the Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear Shows

As menswear design gets more and more exciting each season, the Spring/Summer 2016 catwalks were full of inspirational new styles to update the contemporary men’s wardrobe. From London and Milan to Paris, key developments included plays on minimal aesthetics and Eastern influences, as masculine looks were tempered with a feel of delicate femininity. Elsewhere, we saw an evolution of utility themes and denim staples, while a range of strong offerings came through from the more unknown brands like Umit Benan and Hood By Air. This week, the catwalk experts at Trendstop.com reveal some of the most directional emerging trends to hit the S/S16 menswear runways, complete with examples of influential designers.

An Eastern Inspiration

Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: Astrid Andersen, No Editions, Craig Green, all Spring/Summer 2016.   

Eastern aesthetics abound in S/S16 collections, refreshing  designs with undertones of exoticism and elegance. Craig Green adapted martial arts uniform shapes with a striking use of layering and color, while tunic shapes were fused with sportive textures and detailing at No Editions. Astrid Andersen introduced a luxe element with cherry blossom print satins.

Feminine Focus

Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: Burberry, Gucci, Dries Van Noten, all Spring/Summer 2016. 

Lace, silk and sheer fabrications continue to influence menswear, bringing a feminine element to summer wardrobes. The trend adds softness to formal ensembles, from pastel shirts  with tailored pants at Dries Van Noten to shimmery golden shapes set off by longline scarves at Burberry. Elsewhere, bold florals made a statement on colour pop suiting at Gucci.

Minimal Luxe

Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: Damir Doma, Hood By Air, Giorgio Armani, all Spring/Summer 2016.

A contemporary and minimal aesthetic could be seen in shows at all three fashion capitals, complete with a strong emphasis on luxurious textures. Coordinated ensembles with clean cuts and subtle details are key, including relaxed pastel-hued tailoring at Damir Doma and Giorgio Armani. Hood By Air incorporated a utility twist with customisable spliced silhouettes.

Utilitarian Uniform

Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: Umit Benan, Kenzo, Fendi, all Spring/Summer 2016.

Utilitarian influences dominate S/S16 collections, as practical styles are transformed into core staples of numerous collections. The runways showcased multi-pocket jackets, boiler suits and casual co-ords, while design twists added newness in the form of pastel colourways or sportive accessories. Key designers included Umit Benan, Kenzo and Fendi.

Denim Revamp

Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: Juun.J, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, all Spring/Summer 2016.

New denim inspirations came through in a major way in all cities, offering modernupdates for wardrobe staples. Oversized silhouettes stood out at Juun.J and Giorgio Armani, executed in both formal and casual stylings. At Givenchy, denim shirts were teamed with kilts in tonal Americana-themed prints.


Trendstop’s menswear experts compile in-depth trend reports seasonally. This season we offer you a complimentary copy of our S/S 2015 Capsule Paris trade show report.

Be inspired by our top 10 trends and brands to watch as well as exclusive editor’s picks from the show chosen by our senior trend experts. As we focus on the newest developments in our reports, it will give you a good idea of existing trends to look forward to in your sourcing and planning.

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