An air of youthful masculinity stepped out onto the Burberry Prorsum catwalk on Wednesday, so crisp and vigorous you could almost smell a tinge of musk in the air of the lofty glasshouse in Kensington Gardens. Accompanied by the soulful sound of female vocalists such as Clare Maguire and Paloma Faith, the boys' determined strides took an aura of romantic sensibility, yet ever so contrasted with an undeniably sensual virility.
With the menswear market increasingly presenting new opportunities for expansion and the introduction of new designers, Christopher Bailey did a fantastic job reminding us of the unprecedented elegance of Burberry’s rich history and design. He struck the perfect balance between innovative cuts, materials and silhouettes, along with continuously entrenching nobility in the British brand’s identity.
In this collection entitled 'A Painterly Journey', equestrian blankets and silk shirts printed with iconic landmarks of London provided an unexpected array of inspirations, which no doubt came together under the sign of a worldly, curious and travelling young man. Through relaxed trousers, Chesterfields and artists' shirts, Bailey set an air of confident casualness, which he contrasted against to the toughness of fishnet vests. Painted iconic check scarves were carried loosely, appearing under coat lapels, and silk scarves were systematically wrapped around the boys' shoulders, rejuvenating this traditionally feminine fashion.
Always concentrating on the richness of textiles and colours, Bailey set a fine example of modern elegance, which steering clear of excessive pomp and eccentricity, remains comfortable and wearable. He has never failed to introduce a new element of surprise within his collections, be it a dark tangerine maple-leaf print scarf or revamped trench coats. In an intelligent and provocative manner, Bailey is subtly carrying Burberry forward once again.
Photography: Courtesy of Burberry