One of the most anticipated shows of London Collections Men, is always the very British, Burberry. So it was only fitting that chief creative and chief executive officer, Christopher Baily present his Autumn/Winter 2016 collection on the final day of the 4-day event. Adding to the intrigue of this must see show was the fact that Burberry made headlines late last year when it announced it was collapsing its lines in an effort to broaden appeal. Along with the latest fashion, the fortunate attendees were eager to see what this change meant for the venerable brand.
Today’s collection taken from the old bridal mantra, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”, was not a bridal homage but more of an idea of how the collection was put together. Old classic pieces borrowed from around the world were interspersed with looks from today. The blue was one of the color themes woven throughout the collection although other shades of browns, reds, tans and greens were also well represented. Also something new was the introduction of the satchel bag a little carryall that was designed for both men and women.
One of the great outcomes of the consolidation of the brands is the idea how all pieces work together to forge one collection. Outwear was very strong and Bailey presented a variety of options including military coats, toggle coats, traditional overcoats, parkas, bomber jackets and its famous trenches. For the upcoming Autumn/Winter season, we saw a fuller and longer coat while trousers continued to have slimmer modern cut.
There were other newer elements in this collection. Oversized parkas that have been prevalent throughout many of other designers’ showings so far this season also popped up in this collection. And while Bailey continued to give the famous Burberry plaid its prominent recognition, he was not afraid to adapt this pattern for a more modern take playing with pattern, color and proportion of the print as seen in knitwear and bomber and shorter jackets. Although a sequined red jacket may give some pause, the plaid coats such as the blue and red plaid or in black white over coat in a larger pattern were real hits along with a luxurious ¾ length fur coat.
Sprinkled in with the menswear looks where a few women’s looks giving a sneak peak of what to expect for the upcoming women’s line later in February. Eschewing a loud dj mix and instead opting for several songs performed by British-French entertainer, Benjamin Clementine, Burberry presented a cohesive collection of Autumn/Winter looks and proved once again it was worth the hype.