“As a nation, we have this obsession with the weather, and I wanted to explore that, and to celebrate the coat.”
So says Burberry’s chief creative officer Christopher Bailey, referring to London’s notorious four-season-a-day weather. And explore he did for the brand’s 2011 Menswear Fall collection.
Inspired by Burberry ads from the early ’60s, this down-for-a-rainy-day collection featured a multitude of slick raincoats, a plethora of quilted finishes and a rainbow of checks.
Seeing as its snowing and blowing all over the planet as Mother Earth tries to warn us about global warming, outerwear this season is absolutely necessary and Burberry makes sure it’s positioned itself as absolutely essential in your wardrobe. The offering has great variety – from the streamlined of the bunch to the more outrageous and out-there, the tailored and slim tweed and herringbone overcoats to the vinyl slickers in shades of toffee and tangerine, perfect for those wet, dark days. The single- and double-breasted camel car coats will not be left behind nor will Bailey ode to contemporary fashion a la black-and-white jaguar mink fur on hats, lapels and coats.
On the sculptural side of things, stiff wool carries hefty and wide silhouettes while the most dramatic of the collection, an oversized puffer coat, is overwhelming yet perfect in each and every way.
Even still, it’s a collection found deep in Burberry’s roots. The two-button suits in camel, black and dark moss are iconic and easily tells the brand’s trenchtastic story. You’ll have to agree that no-one does tweedy luxe quite like Burberry and in 2011, they’ve maintained their English resolve, kept up a stiff British upper lip and delivered on their timeless brand proposition; ever moving ‘forwards’!
A selection of the Burberry 2011 Fall collection can be viewed below. Enjoy (and click on FS for a fullscreen experience):