What is it?
Christopher Bailey has been consulting the extensive Burberry archive (they’ve been going since 1856) for his spring summer collection and much of the show was based on what he found. Entitled Heritage Biker, the collection was a mix of classic, formal military dress and James Dean style motorcycle gear. Black leather jackets worn with army green dress trousers, mustard overcoats, grey and midnight blue slacks and, wait for it…skinny leather biker trousers. The macs and trench coats that Burberry do so well were, this season, updated versions of past designs and, because the company began life producing coats for the armed forces, the military undertone that is always present in their collections was even more pronounced this time around. A cropped naval pea coat, belted field jacket with brown leather trim and a trench coat provided the heritage whilst washed leather biker jackets, silver studded man bags and the aforementioned leather trousers had the biker aspect covered. Other interesting details were the inclusion of tailored jersey trousers (essentially, posh tracksuit pants) and heavy-duty sandals in black leather that might make us consider ditching the flip-flops for summer.
What you need to look out for?
We thought the leather jacket might have had its day, but not if Burberry’s got anything to do with it. Their washed biker jackets catered for the indie boys and the longer, expedition style leather jacket should be popular with everyone else.
Burberry have launched two initiatives this year, the first is the opportunity to pre order the key items from the menswear show. This only lasts two more day though so get a move on. The second is Burberry Acoustic, where a selection of new bands have been invited to play tracks exclusively for the Burberry website. You can see both at www.live.burberry.com now.
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