Thanks to TV shows like “Downton Abbey,” the dapper gentleman is all the rage with his closetful of natty patterns, tailored suits and, in the case of Burberry Prorsum, his umbrella with a hand-painted, owl-head handle. Chief creative officer Christopher Bailey said he wanted to marry British city and country dressing for a “polite and charming” collection that felt traditional, but also approachable and familiar. The collection, with its quirky charms, hit the spot. Bailey sent out a surfeit of form-fitting suits, which came in plum, olive or teal velvet or herringbone or tweed wool. He also worked velvet collars onto tweed trenches and topcoats, giving them a formal, Old-World feel. When he moved to the great outdoors, Bailey revisited classics such as the fishing vest — tossing a neat quilted version over a suit jacket — and crafted shooting jackets from leather or suede. Chunky sweaters worked double time as outerwear. Bailey peppered the collection with light touches, in the form of beaded appliqué fox heads on knits, leather gloves sprouting punky gold studs, and jaunty polka-dot neckties that would put a smile on the lips of even the most dour Englishman.
Chanel has postponed plans to restage its Métiers d’Art show in Beijing in May due to uncertainty over the coronavirus epidemic. “Considering the current situation and following the guidance of Chinese authorities, Chanel has decided to postpone its project of a replica of the Paris — 31 Rue Cambon 2019/20 Métiers d’art collection in May in Beijing to a later and more appropriate moment,” the house said in a statement on Monday. “Chanel is monitoring the situation closely. At the foremost are the health and wellbeing of its teams and clients,” the French fashion house added.
The collection was initially shown at the Grand Palais in Paris on Dec. 4 and was scheduled to travel to China before another showing in London on June 4 at Old Billingsgate, a 19th-century Victorian building overlooking the Thames River.
Meanwhile, Prada said on Monday it would postpone its resort show in Japan, scheduled for May 21, as a precautionary measure in light of the uncertainties connected to the spread of the coronavirus.
The outbreak, which has killed more than 1,600 people in China, has prompted authorities to seal off entire cities and airlines to suspend traffic to and from China. As a result, Chinese designers have canceled planned presentations and shows overseas during the current round of fashion weeks.
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