Not many fashion shows have the pulling power to draw Samuel L. Jackson to their front row.
Perched in the same pew as modern style icons David Gandy, Jim Chapman and Suki Waterhouse, Jackson shone at the Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 show, donning a bright plum blazer and powder blue driving cap, tipped at the front so to slightly hide his face.
The star couldn't detract from Burberry's latest collection. Held inside a giant greenhouse with glass roofing and open-air walls, the luscious green of London's Kensington Gardens set the grand scene for Christopher Bailey's summer collection.
Dubbed 'Strait-Laced', the title caused intrigue – soon broken as the first British boy in blue walked out to the chime of a 24-piece orchestra playing alongside singer, Rhodes.
As foretold by the collection name, lace was the star component, appearing under suits in textural creams, white and later on – greens, mustards and purples.
An unlikely choice for men, the lace formed the majority of Burberry's button-downs and tees, the latter as scoop neck varieties, sitting unhemmed under blazers. The decorative fabric even updated Burberry's classic outerwear, with black lace details stitched onto the collars of mac coats and longer pea coat varieties in light brown.
Not all lace, Bailey retained his traditional tailored pieces with mohair wool suits and double-faced cashmere topcoats. And he touched on the sportsluxe trend, with cuffed, cashmere knitted joggers with tassel loafers underneath. Long cashmere scarves in marsala and neon blue created a sometimes wintry feel, offset by knowing the cool weather jackets were crafted in breathable cottons and floaty cashmere.
More lace came through with finely-made ties over lacy corporate shirts, which aimed to add a bit of softness to English suiting. Shirting in plain cotton poplin and a lace placket (a decorative panel down the front of the shirting hiding the buttons) broke up the total lace look, providing a more wearable option to work for the less adventurous Burberry man.
Despite Bailey's rampant updating of the centuries-old house, Burberry is, and will remain, known for its fine suits and smooth leather goods. And this collection didn't disappoint. Especially the coats. That Burberry camel trench with signature, plaid lining never gets old.
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