Written by Amy Jackson, photography by Dominika Wojciechowska.
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The Burberry Prorsum brand is like the epitome of British satorialism. You’ll find the ‘Burberry man‘ sipping coffee in Chelsea, or taking a stroll through Hyde Park looking effortlessly sharp and stylish.
Christopher Bailey, the designer behind the brand, believes fashion is something that should include a mixture of traditional, historical design with ‘real’ fashion, a statement that adheres to the brands latest LCM SS16 collection. The collection, titled Strait Laced, was inspired by British Dandyism, In particular a group titled The Macaroni’s, London’s original dandies whom in the 18th century, wore blouses made of lace.
Narrow silhouettes of precisely tailored jackets and trousers were softened by the intricacy of a lace shirt or tie, expertly crafted by small artisanal companies, and the classic trench coat was updated with a lace collar. The look as a whole was that of the classic Burberry man, but with a subtly feminine touch; preppy meets pretty. In an interview with The Guardian, Bailey commented on this androgynous move –
“Some men will wear lace, and some men will not. Some pieces in the show are not for everybody. But I like the poetry the lace brings with it-”
Along with the seasons tailored pieces, Bailey also included influences of street fashion in the collection, in keeping with the luxurious feel of the show with tracksuit pants made of cashmere, and silk T-shirts, adding some formality to otherwise casual garments.