PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 March, 2012, 12:00am


One of the most enduring fashion images is that of Yves Saint Laurent flanked by his muses Betty Catroux and Loulou de la Falaise outside the door of the designer's Paris shop in 1969, all sporting YSL's stylised and glamourised version of the then popular safari trend.

Well, the look is back, with names such as Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton showing variations of sand-coloured safari jackets, desert boots, khaki cargo trousers and big blanket scarves. The trend recurs every few years, perhaps because of its utilitarian and practical qualities. The multiple pockets, the use of neutrals and the fact that the clothes are looser and more comfortable are all part of its appeal.

Bottega Veneta updated the look once favoured by such stylish men as Ernest Hemingway and the Duke of Windsor, by using elements of the safari jacket to create a button-down short-sleeved shirt (HK$47,780). To avoid it looking bland, designer Tomas Maier used two shades of goat skin to make the shirt and employed a lighter-coloured fabric for the trouser (HK$5,380) pockets.

The key to pulling off this style is to pick pieces in shades of beige, sand, taupe and earth. Work with textures and tonality to add dimension, such as pairing a dark brown suede shirt from Tod's (HK$16,900) with a hooded jacket from Club Monaco in light khaki (HK$2,990). Adding something precious, such as Bulgari's Diagono Calibro 303 gold watch (HK$96,700), or unexpected, such as Tassels' Bontoni Prezioso chukkas in navy with tan leather trim, prevents the look becoming too dull.