With a show space surrounded by wild English flowerbeds filled with seasonal buds, there was bound to be a romance about Burberry’s SS16 menswear show. But rather than just hint at his male muse’s softer side with his new-season collection, Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Bailey went all out, teaming sharp wool suiting with a fabric usually reserved for Grandmother’s Sunday best.
To a soundtrack performed live by British musician Rhodes and a 24-piece orchestra, a charge of models walked the lengthy runway, almost every one sporting a version of the collection’s signature narrow tailored silhouette and a touch of lace. Precision-cut wool jackets and trousers in a myriad of deep earthy tones like hazel, navy and aubergine and ochre teamed up with lace shirts and ties that appeared all the more dandy worn with suede smoking slippers.
A little too prim to prance about the water cooler, you’re thinking? Quite the contrary. The acclaimed show had actor Samuel L. Jackson and Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton nodding appreciatively from the front row. Look closely and you’ll see cashmere track pants teamed with blazers and ties secured down with jewelled insect pins. Not so straight-laced after all.
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