Christopher Bailey’s amazing vision for Burberry Prorsum comes through so clearly in his menswear line. Yet whilst moving the brand forward, he always pays homage to the historic label’s roots and the traditional elements that originally made it’s name. The idea of heritage was clear this season in the choice of materials and hints of classic Burberry prints that were sent down the runway. The absolute key item in this collection was a fabulous jacket or coat. From trenches to military and pea coats as well as those with fur edging, outer wear was big for Bailey this season as he effectively created a collection that could adapt to all weather conditions. There was also a definite sixties feel present in the fur caps, skinny suits and rock sound track. The whole look was given a modern – very english – update with chunky knits and stylish shoes that grabbed lots of attention and also served a practical purpose; helping the models not to fall whilst walking through their drizzly finale!
The Winners of the 2010 British Fashion Awards were announced with a star studded ceremony at the Savoy, London. Attended by some of the most important people in the business, we’ve been going through all the pictures from what looked like a fabulous night of Bristish fashion. We would like to say an especially big congratulations to our friends, Nicholas Kirkwood and Meadham Kirchhoff who won awards for Accessories Designer and Emerging Talent designer respectively. Also a huge round of applause for the wonderful Burberry who won the Digital Innovation category, not forgetting Mulberry who won Best Designer Brand, and rightly so…have you seen the wonderful new metallic Alexa?
The awards also honoured the late, great Alexander McQueen with the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design Award whilst the endlessly creative Phoebe Philo took home the coveted BFC Designer of the Year award. Some of our other up and coming english favourites were also in attendance as we spotted Henry Holland, Richard Nicoll and David Koma who was chatting to Tata Naka. We hope everyone had a great night and congratulations to all the winners!
DOLCE & GABBANA
LIA DI GREGORIO
Emma Watson looks the image of young, modern elegance in her Burberry trench straight off the S/S 2011 catwalk. Being one of the faces of the label it’s unsurprising that she’s seen out and about sporting some of the labels most lusted after pieces. We love the way she’s teamed the coat with a lady like length dress and then played up to the studs with the sexy biker boots. The fish nets and gorgeous pixie hair cut are of course not essential but completely fashion forward and perfect for next season.
The men’s boot trend is taking fall by storm! Perfect with this season’s chunky knits and checked flannel shirts they are the perfect finishing touch for those autumnal strolls à deux. Luckily, we have a whole range of men’s boots to choose from! But which do you prefer? From rustic to classic from rugged to chic…we just can’t decide!
Developing over a few seasons now, as most trends do, the belted waist for men looks like a given. Taking references from the traditional cummerbund, trench coats and overcoats, the belted outwear look has always been associated with menswear. The two dominant names to remember this coming season when looking for the right inspiration are Ann Demeulemeester whose wrap coats and paper bag waist trousers look best belted; and Burberry Prorsum whose big and bold coat collars, contrast amazingly well against a belted waist. So buckle up, because this is one chic masculine look to wear this season.
By Scott Stephenson
Outside, before the shows and backstage afterwards, here’s a few pics of the star studded aftermath of the Dolce & Gabbana show, the models relaxing outside and backstage at Burberry. Christopher Bailey was doing one interview after the other and we were lusting after that incredible studded bag…it was a little on the heavy side though!
We also ran into the boys from the latest Burberry ad campaign, the rock and roll style they emulate in the pictures and on the runway seemed to be present even when they were off duty!
The evolution of the relationship between fashion and celebrity has always been closely watched and commentated on, first backed by Anna Wintour, the Dolce & Gabbana 20th Anniversary show really was a star studded event that paid homage to the Italian duos prominent role within the industry and the cult of celebrity. Tiziano Ferro was representing the Italian A list, with Rachel Weisz for England , Chace Crawford and Matthew McConoughey from the USA. Morgan Freeman got a huge round of applause from the crowd as he entered le Metropol before the show and caused a flurry of flashes from the wall of paparazzi waiting at the end of the runway.
Absolute legend Annie Lennox was at a grand piano and played some of her greatest hits (no more I love yous, there must be an angel) throughout the show….yeah, we had goose bumps!
And from music legends to the hot young British it pack at Burberry , including musicians Johhny Flynn, Gwilym Gold and Rory Cottam, obviously Mr Bailey’s music tastes are as cool as his collections.
This weekend was packed with shows all over Milan and we didn’t stop, not that we’re complaining, the new collections certainly had lots of new looks that seemed to look back with a little twist.
Dolce & Gabbana‘s 20th Anniversary show paid homage to a great 20 years of menswear Italian style. The beautifully cut, simple pieces carried more than just a hint of la Dolce Vita as the slick, tanned models strutted down the runway whilst black and white images of retro Sicilian style beach life were projected behind none other than Annie Lennox on a grand piano…
The Burberry and Versace shows also took a vintage twist; channeling a 50s rock edge although taking it in two different directions. At Burberry the could be young brit it pack sported studs and leather with beautifully tailored trenches and clean, cut khaki edges for a completely rock and roll summer. At Versace the chunky silver jewellery and 90s style black and white prints updated the quaffed teddy boys in cigarette pants and hot leathers that looked so great with the sharp shirts and gilets.