These motifs and colour combinations are challenging the style codes of menswear.

Some of this year’s notable trends invite the savvy dresser to master bold motifs. Designer houses are highlighting surprising ways to play up various prints in dazzling colour schemes to a masculine advantage, from vanitas flora to tattoo silkscreen.

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 If you’re one for the challenge, consider these daring trends that play with print, to add to your wardrobe this summer.


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Dior homme tapped an exclusive artistic collaboration with Japanese artist Toru Kamei on works celebrating botanical paintings, enveloped in medieval ‘vanitas’ symbolism. The prints are produced as miniature jacquard patches, badge prints and decoration across clothing, fabric and leathergoods, to dark and punk effect.


Louis Vuitton's safari shapes LV 01.jpg (original size)It’s a jungle out there, and Louis Vuitton knows it. Africa is the inspiration for the maison’s menswear collection this season, marrying a menagerie of animal prints on apparel and accessories made for the gentleman traveller on safari. Punk, too, is an influence, through details like transparent rubber, mohair, zips and straps. 


Tod's Tattoo silkscreen tod's 013266820509_01_01_519Wx519H.jpg (original size)Practical meets cool with this tattoo-inspired slip-ons by Tod’s, in a silkscreen print. Made from smooth white leather and rubber cupsoles featuring embossed pebbles, this pair of collector-worthy Tod’s is an edgy and versatile addition to shoes in the smart-casual range.


Salvatore Ferragamo's tropical fauna Untitled design (39).png (original size)A geometric microprint of animal motifs – elephants, monkeys and fish – are colourful anecdotes of the tropical feel the Italian label imparts. These prints bring to mind exotic vacations, peppered on stylish silk pieces across apparel to neckwear, leaving much room for men to get in touch with their quirky side.


Bonia's jacquard monogram BONIA EDIT awmb16653_1.jpg (original size)For the man who’s easing into motifs, you can’t go wrong with jacquard monogram crafts that make a stylish impact, too. Bonia’s black jacquered monogram logo tote packs a sleek carry-on for the modern gentleman, featuring nifty compartments and an exterior of trimmed calf leather.


Furla's military inspirationfurla edit 45b9a01f-72a3-4dd1-a0ba-e7a5c75fac86.jpg (original size)Put your money where your print is, in this zip-around Toni Militari wallet by Furla Man. As the name suggests, all valuables will be kept securely within this printed calfskin wallet. Compact enough for the pocket yet deep enough for up to five cards, this leather-strapped number is a funky take on military graffiti.


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