Burberry’s catwalk shows are lavish events where mere mortals like us dream of pushing our faces against the glass to peek at the spectacle within. Except, for Burberry Prorsum’s Spring/Summer 2016 menswear collection, that spectacle was set outside, soundtracked by an up-and-coming male singer named RHODES, a British musician with cheekbones carved from marble and a keen sense of epic stadium ballads.
Named ‘Strait-Laced’ by chief-creative-cum-executive-officer Christopher Bailey (the designer now wears so many hats it’s almost impossible to list), the collection showcases artisanal lace specially commissioned by Burberry to be stitched into shirts, ties and T-shirts, and trim the iconic Burberry trench coat.
The palette is classic Bailey, who has often been praised as the best colourist in London. Deep reddish brown, rust, navy and teal are punctuated with intense flashes of red, sunflower yellow and turquoise. Silhouettes are slim and modern, the collection a million miles away from the Sixties torpor which often dogged Burberry collections. It’s hard not to imagine the average twenty-something in the street sporting their cashmere track pants, sharp outerwear and touches of animal print for a Sunday brunch, or shopping down Dover Street.
Review written by Lee Clatworthy (@bombfashion) for KatieChutzpah.com