I like to think that I have an agnostic approach to seasonal dressing, but it’s pretty obvious that I have a soft spot for spring. You’ll often see me sporting knit ties and floral prints well into Canadian winter (which, fortunately, we have yet to experience here in Toronto), dreaming of the day that blazer weather makes a comeback.
To tide me over, it’s around this time that brands showcase what they have in store for next year’s warmer climes.
I was recently invited to check out Strellson’s spring/summer 2016 premium and sportswear collections at the Swiss brand’s newly expanded Bloor Street location. By the time I left I had sunnier times on my mind, not to mention these five trends I’m excited to wear next year.
Tactile details Some of my favourite concepts in both the premium and sportswear collections included rubberized embellishment. Blazers were accoutred with rubberized buttons (giving them a decidedly sporty look while adding touchable interest), and a knit hooded zip-up featured a treatment that made its exterior feel like neoprene — classy matte finish included.
Less structure The brand has long been known for a slim but not tight silhouette — this coming season expands on that. Soft shoulders are back, as are even more unlined and minimally constructed jackets. Some shirts are constructed with sloped shoulders and longer shirttails to emulate the laid back (but put-together) look popular in continental Europe.
Sweats Tailored sweatpants have been here for a while, but Strellson’s latest proves Europe is still well ahead. The classic stretch material returns to dress-cut sweatpants,and even shorts designed for summer comfort — they hit well above the knee, exactly where they ought to.
Prints Though they only composed a small portion of the collection, fresh prints are a welcome addition to Strellson’s annual line-up. One in particular — a monochrome leaf pattern — was used for several garments, including ad a stylish lining. If this is the direction Strellson is heading, consider me excited.
Rems 182 collaboration You don’t have to be a street style blogger to appreciate Strellson’s new collaboration with Italian graffiti artist Rems 182, an appropriate follow-up to last year’s Bianchi partnership. Heavy on skulls and portraits, the capsule adds a punch of urban grittiness to the brand’s warm weather collection. Oh, and that leather jacket — it doesn’t get more rockstar than that.
Check out the rest of the media preview in the gallery below.