Quirky British creative types are a colourful source of inspiration for Burberry and Christopher Bailey has continued to mine this rich seam for Prorsum’s spring/summer 2015 menswear collection. After last season’s eccentric muses, David Hockney and Alan Bennett, it’s the turn of acclaimed explorer and travel writer Bruce Chatwin.
The collection perfectly evokes Chatwin’s nomadic existence, from the wilds of Patagonia to the gently rolling hills of Wales. Soft-brimmed felt hats shield faces from the elements and hand-painted leather satchels are slung across shoulders. The novelist’s literary side, meanwhile, is captured in T-shirts and oversized notebooks featuring artwork inspired by vintage book covers; Bailey’s own flea market finds.
Burberry’s calling card, the classic trench, keeps its place among the key pieces; layered over denim jackets or loosely belted for a dreamy, bohemian vibe that plays off more utilitarian field jackets and Breton fishermen-inspired cabans. Nonchalant styling – half unbuttoned jackets, double-breasted suits worn sans shirt and trailing scarves – combines with the burnt orange, saffron yellow and stormy blue of a weather-beaten landscape for a truly off-road feel.
Fabrics are a study in contrasts: hard-wearing selvedge denim, nubuck and English-woven gabardine are paired with delicate linen trousers, opulent velvets and luxurious double cashmere. Adding edge to this soft-focus nostalgia are neon-accent trainers, which keep Burberry’s globe-trotting gentlemen treading a thoroughly modern path.
Written by Selena Schleh. Images © Burberry.