As usual, Burberry’s latest collection drew a stylish crowd of stars to sit front row. As well as the usual brand ambassadors (Jourdan Dunn looked incredible in a green silk dress and furry stole) a new generation of Burberry boys were out in force. Brooklyn Beckham made a solo appearance alongisde Gabriel Kane Day Lewis, who was almost unrecogniseable with his new dark ‘do, and Rafferty Law, son of Sadie Frost and Jude Law.
Celebrity offspring aside, Dougie Poynter, Nick Grimshaw, David Gandy and Mark Ronson were also in attendance, all Burberry clad, naturally.
As always, the collection was a perfect blend of the old and new, this time focusing mainly on what the brand does so well; outerwear. Vintage pieces from as far back as the 1930s were interspersed throughout, with everything from pea coats to duffles to Burberry bombers giving us a renewed sense of determination to replace our old winter coat. And if you’re asking, we’d happily replace it with one of these cover-ups.
Military coats, capes and classic trenches were all in the mix alongisde oversized, cosy parkas and zipped tracksuit tops. Luxe tracksuit bottoms were worn with loafers, jeans were cropped at the ankle and wide-legged denim was doubled up with a matching jacket. In short, we’ll be dressing to Burberry’s menswear code from now on.
While the show felt like a celebration of the humble coat, there was a hint of sadness and nostalgia in the air following the news of David Bowie’s death. “He was the music that I got inspired by as a kid,” said Christopher Bailey backstage. “Not yesterday but the day before we were looking at a picture of Bowie wearing a Burberry trenchcoat in the 60s. We’d just been talking about his influence. And then, this morning… it’s incredibly sad.”
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As an homage to the late singer, make-up artist Wendy Rowe dusted models’ cheeks with glitter, while one model even wrote his name on her hands.
And as Bailey tried to explain the general inspiration and intention of his new menswear collection, he could well have still been talking about Bowie’s own pervasive influence: “It’s about standing for something and being proud of who you are.”