We might be in the depths of winter right now, but as far as fashion is concerned the Spring/Summer 2016 season is almost upon us. Next season's collections will start dropping soon after the New Year, so we thought it best to hit up a few friends of ours to give Highsnobiety readers a heads up on what's coming in SS16.

As is so often the case, high-end and luxury labels are leading the way for the season; there will of course be more affordable options out there for those of you who don't regularly drop four figures on clothing. We'd recommend finding a good vintage store and keeping an eye out on fast fashion retailers like ASOS and Zara if you're dying to stay on trend but are constricted by a tight budget.

Below you'll find some pre-season tips from the buyers at London high fashion concept store oki-ni, one-stop online menswear destination MR PORTER and East Coast streetwear boutique Bodega.

If these industry insiders are anything to go by, it looks like we'll be seeing a lot of souvenir jackets, Oriental embroidery and curved-brim baseball caps in the coming season. Thank us later!

For more SS16 content, take a look at Our 15 Favorite Collections From the Spring/Summer 2016 Shows

Tell us about the overall vibe for SS16 - what can we expect in terms of trends and themes for the season?

Christopher Fisher, Head Buyer, oki-ni: For us, the key looks for the season came from Valentino and Marc Jacobs who harked back to the ’70s with embroidered tiger and dragon prints. This blended well with Thom Browne’s oriental masterpiece of a show in Paris, which featured kimono fabrics cut into tailoring and jersey pieces with tonal embroidery and kimono detailing.

Primary colors featured across the board from COMME des GARCONS SHIRT to Paul Smith, where draped and oversized linens and silks were mixed with metallics. We saw this on the catwalk everywhere from London to Tokyo this season.

Performance sportswear continues to be strong, with Y-3 - and its new performance line Y-3 Sport - picking up where adidas x Kolor started this season. New sole units and multifunctional garments were particularly innovative.

Souvenir Tour Jacket



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Sam Lobban, Buying Manager, MR PORTER: Souvenir jackets. Lots of them! This is a style that harks back to occupied Japan in the post-war period, when American soldiers would bring their jackets to be embellished with Japanese embroidery. The 2015 version – offered by the likes of Valentino, Saint Laurent and, naturally, Blue Blue Japan – draws heavily on this East-meets-West look, with sharp graphics of exotic flora and fauna on tactile silk and satin fabrics.

Suede. This season’s suede is buttery soft and light as a feather - we saw it in warm, summery shades of tan, brown and caramel. Almost channeling that laid-back, 1970s style that we’ve seen working it’s way back in to the mainstream – think a young Mr. Robert Redford or even Mr. Robert de Niro.

Technical rainwear. This spring, it seems, designers are interested not just in making you look good, but in keeping you dry. In fact, there’s a bounteous range of rainwear on offer, from streamlined parkas at Jil Sander to high-tech, performance-focused pieces by Arc’teryx Veilance.

Oliver Mak, Co-Founder, Bodega: SS16 keeps the extended hem lines that we saw applied to sportswear and military-inspired staples in fall, but with over-dyed fabrics in pastel and earth tones. Burgundy, olive and pale pink carried over in the spring as well.

Graphic elements seem to be an underlying theme of designers working through our relationship with the digital world. Some interpret it through retro futurism of Windows 95 (or perhaps through the window of 1995). Many are looking to Japan for inspiration.

’90s-style color-blocked, heavily-branded pieces are contrasted by carefully-tailored minimalist pieces that focus more on tech fabrics and flowing lines. Pants still land well above the ankle. In short, nothing changed, and everything changed!

What were you favorite collections, shows and presentations of the season? What labels should we be looking out for next season? What specific pieces should we look out for?

Christopher Fisher, Head Buyer, oki-ni: Personal favorites for me were Matthew Miller's crushed fabric tailoring, frayed denim and shoe collab with Robert Clergerie, Raf Simons' oversized rivet-detailed outerwear and oversized trousers/bags, Ganryu's dropped-crotch jeans, wool coach jackets and primary color-blocking and Teva Sandals collaboration, alongside OAMC's sport-inspired tailoring with immaculate detailing and embroidered details.

8-Eye Lace Up



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Sam Lobban, Buying Manager, MR PORTER: Both on and off the runway it’s been a pretty stellar season. In terms of footwear, New York's FEIT really impressed us. They make a limited number of each style of its shoes to guarantee the utmost quality. It’s a level of craftsmanship that tends to be rare in a casual shoe. Cut from select materials, every pair is signed and dated by the master craftsman who built it by hand, which is a nice personal touch.

Then of course, it goes without saying really but Dries Van Noten. Mr. Van Noten is known for exotic prints and forward-looking sensibility and has delivered just that this time around. We liked his striking matching silk shirts and shorts in particular.

Special T-Shirt

Special T-Shirt


Brain Dead x DSM

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Oliver Mak, Co-Founder, Bodega: C.E and Brain Dead have very sophisticated graphics programmed for SS16. I'm excited to see what NOAH has for the season. Being a jacket junkie, Stone Island and ACRONYM are highly anticipated collections as well.

What specific pieces should we look out for in the season?

Christopher Fisher, Head Buyer, oki-ni:  The must-have pieces from oki-ni would have to be Ganryu's wool coach jacket, oversized trousers from Raf Simons and cut-and-sew shirting from COMME des GARCONS SHIRT.

Sam Lobban, Buying Manager, MR PORTER: Cropped jackets with a real ‘50s feel - specifically blouson and souvenir jackets - have been really strong this season, particularly in Acne Studios and Saint Laurent’s offering. The bowling shirt has seen a welcome return too.

I Met God Cap


Magic Stick Tokyo

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Oliver Mak, Co-Founder, Bodega: The deconstructed curved brim "dad" hat will either be the bane of your existence or your favorite piece depending on where you fall on the cynicism spectrum. Patchwork shirting, distressed tops and bottoms, flips on the coach's jacket and the car coat appeared as frequently as the MA-1 did this fall.

For more SS16 content, take a look at Our 15 Favorite Collections From the Spring/Summer 2016 Shows

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