Christopher Bailey’s latest pre-fall showing was a stark (and welcomed) departure from the spray on leathers and shrunken shapes of spring. Make way for refined, form-fitting flares, sleek tuxedos and modern takes on the classic trench, and suddenly we’ve got a collection Thomas Burberry would recognise.
Gone are the neons and metallics, which felt more fad than fashion, having been replaced with a beautiful pre-autumnal (how appropriate) array of colours. Steel blues and greys, rusts, mustards and forest greens were combined in a way that fondly evoked a lingering summer
Jackets were fitted, rather than shrunken, and hemlines moved south as coats were revived from their motorcycle counterparts. Edges were finished with sheared rabbit fur, possibly in reference to the ever so successful shearling aviator jackets of last winter. The more subtle approach was made all the more smart
whilst the emphasis on black allowed for the pared-back silhouettes to take centre stage. And what wonderful silhouettes these were.
The flares.. Possibly the standout item in the entire collection; these pants were beautifully cut slim-line versions of their 70s counterparts. The silhouette moved seamlessly from day to night, to ensure it’s not just the boys who get to rock a tux when the sun goes down. And just like that, Bailey is back.