5 of the best SS/16 menswear collections

EDGAR's pick of the most impressive and stylish menswear lines to look out for next year.

June 28, 2015

It’s summer 2015. Which naturally means that in the fashion world, all eyes are on what the sartorially savvy men of this world are going to be wearing in summer 2016.

A number of menswear shows took place across Europe’s most fashionable cities last week – we brought you a live stream of Giorgio Armani’s show – and we’re pleased to report that the future of men’s tailoring is in safe hands.

After studying the Spring/Summer 2016 lines, it is now our job to bring you the top five menswear collections to be on the hunt for next year.

Ralph Lauren, Purple Label Collection 

Bold colour combinations, new fabrics and technical treatments help give Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label Collection a modern edge.

The tailored clothing creates a very masculine glamour with black and cream formalwear, an executive grey line and several looks in shades of tan.

Three-piece silk-gabardine suits with wide peak lapels offer a sophisticated statement, although it is the black denim tuxedo that really caught our eye.

Pal Zileri 

With new new creative director Mauro Ravizza Krieger on board, Pal Zileri showcased the latest evolution of its avant craft philosophy - a synthesis of an avant-garde outlook and generations of craft and tailoring knowledge.

Its SS/16 line boldly leaps into a world of patterns and colours, inspired by 20th-century kinetic and optical art. Squares, diamonds and compositions-in-motion are reflected to serve as a subtle reference to the visual complexity of our digital age. 

Garments feature functional details and fabrics, as well as new materials such as jacquard wool, natural fibres enriched by silk and linen, gabardine and mohair. 

Berluti 

Inspired by the modernist architecture of Chandigarh in northern India, Berluti’s ateliers have used the latest innovations in textile technology to create seriously lightweight materials for your SS/16 wardrobe.

Referencing colours favoured by Le Corbusier – the man who designed Chandigarh – the line extends the mineral palette established by the French brand in previous seasons. All surfaces in the collection bar one have a dense, matt finish.

The collection focuses on informal pairings, with deconstructed jackets, half-button shirts and suits worn with trainers, as well as technical innovations such as new shoulder constructions.

Giorgio Armani 

After bringing you an exclusive live stream last week of Giorgio Armani’s menswear show, the brand’s Evening Capsule collection has quite rightly strolled into this top five list.

Offering a concise wardrobe of elegant eveningwear, GA does what few other brands do so well, summarising 40 years of style aesthetics that transcend the passage of time.

Focusing on the classic tuxedo, the formal black tie look is interpreted in both plain and woven fabrics, in traditional black and modern midnight blue, in three different fits: classic with satin details; degage with grosgrain details; and innovative with velvet details.

The use of wool with a cage effect, degrade polka dots and camouflage contemporaries the tuxedo.

Button-down shirts with stand up collars, a mix of bow ties and three models of shoes complete this modern classic collection.

Salvatore Ferragamo 

Eclecticism is the keyword here. For Salvatore Ferragamo’s SS/16 collection, the brand has developed a concept of clashing rhythms.

Sharp graphics and luxurious materials compliment abstract geometrics and organic textures. What does that mean? Look at the above images to get an idea.

Everyday style has been intentionally misaligned: high-waisted trousers with a razor-sharp crease; short jackets and macs with precise profiles; dry wool suits with off-colour pinstripes and bold stitching.

One thing is for sure, you need to be confident with your style choices before approaching this collection.