After a run of brilliant but muted showings at fashion weeks past, Burberry was in need of something electrifying, and designer Christopher Bailey delivered with his Spring 2013 collection. The slim Burberry suit was still present, but was made over with the use of metallic fabrics and the addition of uber-metallic foil outerwear. The traditional trench gone sci-fi, or as put it, “true Brit grit going glam in defiance of bloody-minded Mother Nature.” Prints also featured prominently – they are, after all, a staple in menswear collections nowadays – and they were done very well using the pale tones and impressionistic patterns of the avant-garde Bloomsbury Group, during the 1920’s and ’30s. These were taken further, cut into what became near North African-inspired long shirts, paired with reflective metallic pants and heavy outerwear. It’s nice to know that Christopher Bailey still holds the vision to push the British house into the future.

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