London Collections’ Men’s Fashion Week has been the talk of the town since it kicked off on June 12th. For four days, fashion spectators, buyers and media observed spring/summer 2016 collections from the likes of Tom Ford, Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and more. As the show came to a close, Burberry bowed out showing some of the most daring pieces.
Under the commands of chief creative officer, Christopher Baily, Burberry debuted a collection entitled Strait-Laced. While there were less pieces that boast a colorful, bohemian feel, and produced a series of softer hue items. The color palette included muted colors such as gray, black, navy and brown. The collection, which was a fusion of urban and traditional styles, featured pieces such as heritage trench coats, made in Castleford, and cashmere scarves, made in Scotland as well as cashmere jogging pants and bomber jackets with quilted panels. However, the star of the show was lace.
Once considered a material exclusively for women, Burberry hijacked the delicate fabric and made it unisex. There were lace shirts paired with slim-fit trousers as well as trenches. Its Chesterfield coat featured a relaxed and classy feel, and was finished with a lace collar.
In addition, this was the first time the spring menswear collection strutted along side the women’s pre-spring collection.
Front row also featured some of the most dapper elite including David Gandy, Mario Testino, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Samuel L. Jackson.
In regards to integrating lace in menswear, Bailey said, “Some men will wear lace, and some men will not. Some pieces in the show are not for everybody. But I like the poetry the lace brings with it – and in the showroom we’ve got beautiful classic poplin shirts with a tiny lace placket, which are very much more wearable.”
(Photos via Burberry)