London Collections: Men - Burberry Prorsum Spring 14
Burberry’s much-anticipated homecoming didn’t disappoint, with a celebration of all things British, from the country’s artistic spirit to its dubious weather.
Fabrics Soft cashmere knits, lightweight linen, cotton tailoring and silk ties.
Items Unstructured trench coats, cagoules, crisp shirts under hooded knits.
Themes The collection was called Writers and Painters, taking inspiration from Alan Bennett and David Hockney, who hail from Burberry chief creative officer Christopher Bailey’s home county, Yorkshire. It was bold in colour, with a nod to the eccentricity of British style, from jackets that verged on the dishevelled, to grandad-style cardigans and trousers cut slightly too short.
In short Despite the brashness of the colours, there was a brilliant subtlety to the collection. The return of Burberry could have paved the way for sentimentality bordering on naff, but injecting some wry British humour into Bailey’s wearable luxury knocked this collection out of the park.