Wanderlust — embodied by the late travel writer Bruce Chatwin — was the impetus behind Christopher Bailey’s romantic collection that came in a kaleidoscope of rich colors, inspired by the cover art on dusty Forties-era books.
Bailey said he was thinking of Chatwin, a true Englishman who “struggled to stay in one place,” and of the complex spirit of a man on the move. Looks in the show, where singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine performed a live set on the piano, ranged from the sporty — as in tapered cotton velvet trousers and jackets in bottle green or deep purple — to the more formal, such as double-breasted suits in aqua, indigo or bougainvillea.
Models carried leather portfolios and notebooks with hand-painted illustrations, and travel satchels that were meant to look worn-in. Bailey’s color story extended to outerwear, too, as in the eggplant suede trench that opened the show, a leather jacket with a hand-painted print, and a long teal coat with a velvet collar. Denim made its debut on the Burberry Prorsum catwalk in the form of short jackets and a statement tailored trench.