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Christopher Bailey is a man of many talents. As Chief Creative Officer of 150-year-old British brand Burberry, he’s at the helm of decisions large and small—from intricate details on Burberry’s impeccable clothes, to imagery for global ad campaigns, to the architecture of a new flagship store.
Accordingly, it’s noteworthy that Burberry’s latest men’s fragrance, Brit Rhythm, is the first that’s been concepted and created entirely in-house, by Bailey and team. It stands to reason that this is the purest olfactory translation of the Burberry male attitude yet.
In the words of Bailey himself, Brit Rhythm is “Sexy and provocative…Inspired by the exhilaration and adrenaline of live music and the electric energy of the crowd.” If your normal perception of Burberry involves pristine English countrysides, classic trench coats and charming accents, it’s with good reason—see their Burberry Acoustic video series for all of the above.
But don’t forget, Britain is also one of the birthplaces of punk rock. Based on the hot-pink slickers, head-to-toe tiger print, and seriously rugged outerwear he’s sent down runways in recent years, we’ve always known that Bailey has a taste for rock and roll. The Brit Rhythm campaign images—and raucous Kaiser Chiefs performance at Burberry’s Regent Street store/venue, above—are further proof.
So, what does Brit Rhythm actually smell like? Read about its distinctive ingredients below—and to experience it in-person, visit a Nordstrom store near you.
Electric Top Notes: Fresh Basil Verveina • Spicy Cardamom • A Shot of Juniper Berries
Adrenalised Heart Notes: Black Leather • Heady Patchuouli • Styrax Resin
Sexy Base Notes: Cedarwood • Incense • Warm Tonka Bean
SHOP: BURBERRY BRIT RHYTHM
Were you up at 2pm London time yesterday, to catch Burberry’s spring/summer 2014 men’s show live from London? If not, we can’t blame you—time zones throw us off too. (It aired at 6am where we are.)
In case you missed it, here are some highlights from the collection, its inspiration, stylish show-goers, and Burberry Creative Director Christopher Bailey, courtesy of Burberry’s official Instagram feed—plus video of the full show below. We enjoyed the classic tailoring (as always), mixed with op-art prints and new ideas on proportion (by now a signature of Bailey’s menswear collections).
Celebrating 10 years raising funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS- and LGBTQ-related causes, Jeffrey Fashion Cares held its annual runway show and silent auction in NYC Tuesday night.
The evening brought out supportive celebs, the industry’s most in-demand models, and killer clothes from some of our favorite menswear designers—and most importantly, raised over $800,000 for an amazing cause. Jeffrey Kalinsky (the event’s founder as well as Nordstrom’s EVP of women’s designer—he’s pictured above in a pale-blue button-down and tie) had this to say: “I live for the day when there will be a cure for AIDS and equality for every man and woman in this country. Tonight is about gay rights, and in a greater context, human rights.”
Congrats to Jeffrey and everyone involved, and here’s to breaking a million at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2014. Scroll down for a look backstage and on the runway—and pop over to our women’s blog, The Thread, for more.
Emmy Rossum, star of Showtime’s Shameless (as well as an enthusiast of opera and hotdogs), hosted the event.
Model Tip #2: Lounge around in Lanvin and Valentino like it ain’t no thing (left).
Model Tip #3: Grow hair like this guy (right—easier said than done).
Model Tip #4: Rad eyebrows are a sign of virility. Thou shalt not tweeze.
[Photos by Patrick McMullan—except first group photo and runway lineup photo by Kevin Tachman. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]
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.
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.
…And watch the complete Fall/Winter 2013 runway show at Burberry’s official Youtube channel.
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.
[Video and stills courtesy of Burberry.]
With over 150 years of experience, Burberry is a name you can count on for weather-ready outerwear that will remain in style for countless winters to come.
At 21 years old, Thomas Burberry opened his first store in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England in 1856. Focusing on outdoor attire, Mr. Burberry invented gabardine, a tough, water-resistant, yet breathable fabric, in 1880. By 1911, the brand was a leading choice amongst adventurers in the harshest conditions imaginable: Burberry outfitted Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, and Ernest Shackleton, who led a 1914 expedition across Antarctica.*
Also in 1914, Burberry was commissioned by the War Office to adapt British officer’s coats to the conditions of contemporary warfare, resulting in the trench coat. Trenches in Burberry’s classic gabardine are the most common—but we like this wool-blend version, which will keep you toasty on the front lines of frigid commutes.
Watch Burberry’s Spring 2013 runway show LIVE, Monday morning, 9/17 at 11am Eastern (8am Pacific)—right here on Nordstrom.com.
But even if he doesn’t, tune in for the inventive mix of textures, creative subversions on Burberry’s 150-year heritage—and gorgeous models with British accents—that have become the trademarks of Bailey’s shows (like Fall 2012, seen here).
[UPDATE: The show is now live. CLICK HERE to watch it now.]
[Photos courtesy of Burberry.]