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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

When we say there’s more to Fashion Week than fancy clothes—this is exactly what we’re talking about.

With the Fashion Week rotation having turned from New York to London, there’s nothing more quintessentially British than a Burberry show. While it was the photo above, of English nymph Sienna Miller rubbing elbows with Burberry designer Christopher Bailey, that initially drew us to the 150-year-old British brand’s Instagram feed this morning—the shot of American model Arizona Muse, below, is even better. There’s something about a woman in winter clothes that makes it totally bearable that summer is winding down:

…Also not hating this photo of British model Suki Waterhouse (not to be confused with Sookie Stackhouse). Female fashion trends we’re currently (actually, always) into: shearling, aviators, eyebrows:

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Check out this morning’s Burberry women’s show in full on The Thread
and read our previous recap of the Spring ’14 Burberry men’s show.

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).




 

You’ll have to wait a year for this collection to hit shelves. Until then,
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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.

SHOP CURRENT BURBERRY COLLECTIONS

…And watch the complete Fall/Winter 2013 runway show at Burberry’s official Youtube channel.

 

[First three photos courtesy of Burberry's official Instagram. Individual looks courtesy of GQ.com.]

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.]

Watch Burberry’s Spring 2013 runway show LIVE, Monday morning, 9/17 at 11am Eastern (8am Pacific)—right here on Nordstrom.com.

If recent shows are any evidence, Burberry designer Christopher Bailey might include a few killer menswear looks in tomorrow’s womenswear show.

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.]

Milan Fashion Week commenced yesterday, with some incredible Men’s collections for Spring/Summer 2013. Our Men’s team was there in the trenches, facing 90-degree heat and a day packed with show after inspiring show. Here are some favorite moments from Day One, courtesy of Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio.

“Color and shine.” [Burberry Spring 2013]

“Super chic.” [Burberry]

“Christopher [Bailey, Burberry designer] always loves a bit of rock and roll.”

“Show starts and so does the rain.” [Neil Barrett Spring 2013]

“Perfect summer sportcoat.” [Neil Barrett]

“The backpack is back.” [Neil Barrett]

“Versace goes Greek.”

“Men in grey at Corneliani.”

“Jorge, our Designer buyer, looking for his seat number.”

 

Photos and quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.

Check back soon for more from Milan and Spring 2013.
In the meantime, shop: Burberry | Versace | Grey Suits & Sportcoats

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