Way back in 2009 when I first started going to Milan and Paris for the fashion weeks, Burberry was the only luxury label to formally invite me to attend one of their shows, thanks to an extremely forward-thinking PR guru named Miles Freeland who saw the value in bloggers at a time when even mentioning the word ‘blog’ drew a look of disgust from all other fashion week veterans.
I missed the first show in January because I was too intimidated to do Milan and Paris in my freshman season (and with Paris being the more familiar city, I opted for that one); and the second show because my beloved sister Rebeccah chose to get married the day before Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2010 outting (and who was I to deny her a wedding MC), so I arrived in Milan from New Zealand a day late.
My first Burberry show, then, was in January 2010, for the brand’s Fall/Winter 2010/11 collection, which, as I recall, was military inspired, and featured navy blue officer sweaters with epaulettes, fur-lined boots and one enormous belted shearling coat with double lapels. As we all know, Burberry does not pull punches when it comes to outerwear.
The crown jewel in Burberry’s outerwear repertoire is its classic gabardine trench coat, which it originally created for the British military in the early parts of the 20th Century. Like many uniform pieces, it was adopted by officers as part of their off-duty wardrobes once they left the service, and has been appropriated by countless subcultures over the proceeding decades, including, but not limited to: mods, aristocrats, Inspectors, One Directioners, etc.
Speaking of One Directioners, I’m a pretty big fan of how Harry Styles styles his trench — over a plain t-shirt or sweater, with skinny black jeans and suede Chelsea boots. It’s a strong look, and I’m definitely going to give it a go on the other side of winter. If you’re of the feminine persuasion, you can’t beat Alexa Chung in her striped sailor tees and washed out denim. Fresh to def.
This is the first part of a two-parter Burberry trench coat blog post, and this time around I paired this Kensington fit coat in the honey colourway with a textured wool suit from the Burberry London range, and shoes from the recent Burberry Prorsum runway collection shown in London in June.
Special thanks to Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog for taking just another series of photos of me and Marcel!
Check out Marcel’s post here on his site One Dapper Street.
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