Saint Laurent would often be photographed wearing his safari jacket - long, touching the thigh, belted and with two breast pockets - paired with flared trousers. It became for a whole generation of men some sort of uniform - not unlike the navy blazer - worn with just about everything from matching trousers to shorts. Many designers have since produced their own interpretation.
It looks great on the runway but is limited in an urban environment where the hunt merely involves hailing taxis. That's why bold, sturdy accessories in natural, earthy colours are key to toughening up your summer look.
Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri of Valentino found the answer to making the safari trend work for modern men. They made their Sahariana jacket (above left; HK$14,600) with nylon and colour-blocked it on the sides and sleeves. The shape and silhouette scream "safari", but the look is utterly urban. The result channels the terrain of Tanzania on the streets of Hong Kong.
Topics: LIFE Fashion Safari