London Collectons: Men – Burberry A/W 15

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Set in the beautiful Kensington Gardens of London, the Burberry menswear collection catwalk from the distinctly British brand yet again, did not disappoint.

Think models wearing preppy round glasses, with hair parted and slicked to the side like the smart, charming young men of the 40s, mixed with a contemporary western bohemian vibe.

Possibly the most distinct garments of the show were the loud, patterned shirts which gave a youthful and playful side to autumn/winter wear. The shirts were clashed with paisley and leaf print scarves, in similar contrasting hues, reminiscent of old gentleman’s scarves you would see your granddad wearing to accompany his suit and overcoat back in the day.

The colours in the collection were a mix of beautiful, moody autumnal tones in leafy and berry like shades. These were often clashed with daring, intense colours of the rainbow for a light hearted, unconventional look for autumn/winter.

The entire collection screamed warm and wearable. As always we saw some classic pieces, including thick woollen trench coats, some of which were complimented by dark fur collars, which added a little retro glamour and an extra luxury factor to the garments.

The thick, textured, shearling bomber jackets, adorned with a hand painted floral patterns, were far from feminine when matched with moodier autumnal garments in khaki greens, muddy browns, grape purples and burnt oranges.

The majority of the looks were modernised in a way in which only Christopher Bailey himself could muster up.

We have already seen the rainbow coloured clothing brought to us back in 2014, which gave a brand new look for the classic, British design house. However, this year Bailey took it further, making even more eye catching pieces than ever.

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The designer gave some of his classic trench coats busy leopard prints, and paired them with scarves in the same checked print that characterised the brand back in the 90s, before the infamous rebrand. Not a look for the light-hearted but for those bolder fashionistas who like to stand out and who prefer a strong, edgy look with a touch of timelessness that Burberry never fails to provide.

Suede totes and tasselled clutch bags were carried down the catwalk adding an interesting androgynous touch to some of the looks. The bags complimented the brightest colours of each of the outfits and added texture when held against darker, clean cut outerwear. Who said handbags were only for women? Bailey this year has taught us to embrace the man bag in all its shapes and forms.

The brands famous capes, which have sold like wildfire since appearing on the womenswear catwalk at London fashion week AW14, were reinvented for men in simple, felted cashmere and fringed. The must have capes were layered on top of traditional tailored suits for a relaxed alternative to a conventional coat.

The catwalk, as ever, was lined with some of the biggest names in British fashion including Anna Wintour, Jourdan Dunn and David Gandy, who looked equally brilliant in their spring/summer Burberry attire.

We are all extremely excited to seeing what other treasures Mr Bailey has in store for us at London Fashion Week next month.

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