Almost goes without saying (but it warrants a repeat) Christopher Bailey is on fire right now. If last seasons African embroidery and artisanship was too cray-cray for some then this collection was a more civilized version of that; the ideas explored last season were continued in a more commercial way. Commercial not being a bad word. City gent, the suits and macs met country gent by way of plays on quilted jackets, hunting jackets (in leather and cotton) and finally, the grand repos ie. velvet tailored suits for dinner engagements.
The accessories infused the clothes with added class. Fox coloured, plain brogues and mustard week-end bags. Blue velvet peak caps and duck headed umbrellas all with heavy knitted or suede gloves. All of the above were cast in rich autumnal hues. The Burberry gent is the Swiss army knife of today – country home or Nottinghill Carnival, he cuts a slick frame through it all. Yeah, he’s all that.
- Sarah Hay
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