When the gazelle-like models sashayed down the runways at the women’s shows, the sultry influences weren’t hard to hunt down – think White Mischief set in the Caribbean.
It’s all about embracing bright island colours with bold blooms and botanical prints, neutral earth tones and an exotic kaleidoscope of animal prints. A heady mix of safari and beach life.
Think jungle luxe, taking botanical prints and mixing them in a contemporary way with animal prints and modern camouflage. Influences range from the palm lined Miami Beach to the eastern African Plains. Different tones of sizzling, tropical colours and prints; Hot mango, citrus and sizzling pinks are perfect to throw on for the beach or for the evening.
The Resort 16 and SS16 catwalks transported us to tropical paradises. At Gucci a clever mix of green floral lace with snakeskin. Donatella Versace modernised camo, freeing it from its army roots and making it sexy as only she can. Proenza Schouler showed prints inspired by the heat of 50s Cuba in her resort wear whilst Burberry resort showed safari animal prints. Sophia Webster headed into the sea and the land of myth with her tropical mermaids, while Anna Sui, Tommy Hilfiger and DVF went for hot mango and flamingo pinks with animal accents and trims. Dries van Noten’s beautiful silk botanics were balanced with mixed florals at Coach and Zandra Rhodes’ big leaf print. More tropical highlights came from colour accents at Vivienne Westwood, Haider Ackermann and Valentin Yudashkin whilst Sonia Rykiel’s tropical birds and camo and Cavalli’s colourful animal print added extravagance.
Pair any of these looks with colourful heels or flats and the chicest of accessories and tribal jewellery and you’ll have a look that’s hotter than July.