The world might be grappling with the extremes of climate change but Britain has always been obsessed with the fluctuations of its frequently inclement weather. Rain and wind are the reason why Burberry invented its signature gabardine trench and the Duke of Wellington felt pressed to make rubber ‘wellies.’ Creative director, Daniel Lee, who was born in West Yorkshire is parlaying a slice of that British attitude towards moody weather (‘wrap up,’ ‘put another layer on!’) into his debut outing.
He is also upping the functionality and the cosy sense of luxury. You can witness it in the fake shearling collared voluminous trench coats in forest green; in the layers of Burberry macro plaid tube skirts, and knits and in his choice of prints – ducks! roses! and the brand’s own equestrian knight. In Burberry’s new world contemporary elegance is fused with a good dose of humour, vibrant colour (crimson, purple, orange, cobalt blue) and the quiet luxury of a cashmere stole, a leather windcheater or a dressing gown coat.
There’s a fresh energy in accessories which is Lee’s superpower. After all, this is the man who turned Bottega Veneta into a hit with the Jodie and Cassette bags, puddle boots and those slice-toe Lido mules that changed the direction of footwear. There’s an array of splendid items from Wallabee moccasins to thigh high suede boots to chunky oxfords and fake fur soled thong mules. Bucket bags, sling over the shoulder half-moon styles and furry totes also share that robust, real-life flair. Check out our cherry pick.