A nomadic designer hunts for meat on a desert island after his chartered plane crashes into the jungle. He finds leopards and zebras and after eating the meat, saves the hides and takes them back to London when his rescue arrives. The designer was Christopher Bailey (obviously) and this collection was the exotic influenced paired with technical innovation and Burberry’s heritage. Each piece seemed to have these three elements to them like the jackets, cabans and trenches in neoprene bonded cashmere, wool and felt in a range of colours and styles; because of the material used most of the coats had structured, classic fits. Some items seemed to aimed at the flamboyant customer while others suited those who just want a little dare in their wares (the pin stud coat is a favourite of mine, as is this whole look). AW13 also hinted at a military past, of which Burberry is known for, and Savile Row military fabric. The boxy cut bonded felt patch pocket bomber exemplified this and even though it was not the best piece in the collection tied these influences in nicely. There was also a notably different cut in the coats with the double breasted variety; buttons being closer together.
The coming home/going away feel was more referenced in the holdall ‘Boston’ bags that mixed the Burberry check with leopard and zebra print. There were the leather satchels that I covet, in dégradé and printed leather with pockets specially sized for their iPad Mini and iPad cases; iPhone cases which at first I thought were wallets, were also on show with many looks presented.
Talk about bringing an old esteemed fashion house into the 21st century. It was done other ways too in the translucent rubber, supposedly velvet feel, trench coats. This was the best interpretation of sheer I have seen yet in menswear as it is masculine from being not too see through but fashion forward in its creation. Concealed press stud fastenings and other technical features seen were laminated cotton trenches and contrast leather coats. Little touches like the leopard sunnies and shoes and studded accessories really made this collection exciting as most of the colours used were either green, white, camel or black with the occasional oxblood item.
Yet again has Christopher Bailey looked nostalgically to the past while still firmly asserting a foresight into fashion, mainly coats, and appealing to his many admirers around the would in universally wearable clothes which can be bought here until 20 Jan. Crazy money, though!
I watched this collection on the livestream and I recommend that you do too as these clothes really need to be seen in motion to have the full effect.
Selected looks from the collection (style.com really fast, only an hour after the show ended did these photos become available. I still remember the days when you had to wait until almost a day had passedto view the photos) :