Whether your personal style is timeless or trend-focused, there’s a riff on SS16’s safari influence that will suit. Here, we take a closer look at the trend, the inspiration behind this season’s interpretation and outline the styles you should be investing in now. Shop the Modern Safari trend.

Safari style has long since been on fashion’s radar, brought firmly into focus by Yves Saint Laurent when he adopted an African theme for his runway show in 1966. Suddenly a look that was traditionally favoured for its functionality over its fashion credentials was dominating print publication and collections alike. Now, fifty years on, the trend continues to make its mark, recurring time after time and – surprisingly – staying true to its original inspiration. Neutral, earthy hues originally adopted for their ability to blend into natural surroundings remain key to the look, as do utility-style pockets, collared silhouetted and natural fabrications.

For SS16, we nod to the theme in a sophisticated way that works seamlessly with the rest of the collection. Fusing trend-focused designs with a wear-anywhere sensibility, our Modern Safari story is an approachable way to embrace the look. Suede iterations in neutral tones will form the foundation of your new sunshine uniform and primal detailing (read self-tie waist belts and precision-cut pencil skirts) offer a unique twist that translates well to the city.

To fully embrace the look in time for spring, start shifting your focus to safari style now. Something as simple as a forest-green trench coat will reference the trend in an understated way but extra points go to those who work the look from head to toe.