Confirming last week’s prediction, Burberry’s latest menswear show was a dignified yet wild juxtaposition of heritage shapes and new-wave finishes—from king-of-the-jungle prints to technologically advanced fabrications. Watch a video of the complete show (which took place two days ago in Milan) here, and check out the key trends that caught our eye below.
Fatigue Green. Thematically, a smart complement to the collection’s wildlife motifs, in referencing Britain’s colonial history in India and Africa. Practically, a welcome (and more rugged) addition to your standard neutrals like navy and grey.
Caged Animals. Touches of leopard, tiger and zebra appeared throughout the show—sometimes emphatic, sometimes refined. (Click to enlarge the model in the middle, and examine his shades and shoes.)
Next-Gen Fabrics. From left, these are leather (in an unexpected shape), laminated cotton (rendering it water-resistant), and a translucent-rubber trench. Designer Christopher Bailey consistently marries Burberry’s 150-year heritage with a nod to the future.
The short video above is a double-take-inducing tease of what you’ll see tomorrow (Saturday, January 12) at 7:30am PST, when you watch Burberry Prorsum’s Autumn/Winter 2013 Menswear show live at Burberry.com.
It contains split-second flashes of impeccably constructed outerwear, rich quilting, mid-century menswear references, and…giraffe and tiger prints? We wouldn’t put it past Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s soft-spoken rockstar of a chief creative officer. The man has subtly but surely revved up traditional tailoring the past few years with polka dots, jewel tones and fluorescent foil—and impressively kept it all in good taste. Perhaps a gentlemanly take on exotic animal prints will represent Bailey’s exploration into his native Britain’s colonial roots…as well as a logical evolution of increasingly omnipresent camo motifs. Watch the show tomorrow to find out; and in the meantime, SHOP BURBERRY.
“The most traditional knit ties are made of silk, followed by wool, then cotton. What makes this Burberry one incredibly modern, but just as sophisticated, is the fact that it’s slimmer and has this wonderful stripe pattern. Because the colors in it are muted, it doesn’t come across as being too preppy or too nautical.
“It really marries beautifully with a pinstripe suit or a fall tweed sport jacket. Put it with a chambray shirt, put it with a white oxford, put it with anything.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.