Sep 14, 2017 | By Sarah Owen
Milan: Christopher Bailey’s F/W 11 offering was an ode to London’s notoriously unpredictable weather. “A coat for all seasons” was the theme, expressed in buffalo-checked military styles pulled from the company’s archives from the 1960s, woolen toggle coats in fiery colors, a cow skin-trimmed trench and sculptural ski styles. The cheerful colors and patterns retained their sunny appeal despite the artificial rain that showered the runway at the end; models walked the finale with clear plastic slickers worn over their clothes.
Color: Charcoal grey / Ink / Thistle blue / Bright teal / Dark clove brown / Camel and honey / Vivid amber, tangerine and caper
Key Items: Duffel coats / Fur-pieced sweaters / Panel tees / Shrunken blouson jackets / Oversized ski coats / Pleated tapered pants / Gutsy cable knit sweaters / Heritage rainwear
Materials: Buffalo-checked wools / Paper-hand tweed / Bonded twill / Wool-back vinyl / Flat fur / Nylon / Sponge-hand camelhair / Doeskin
Details + Trim: Handwoven leather buttons / Luggage stitching / Leather trim / Natural shearling trim / Stand collars / Raw edge construction / Pieced fabrics / Half-belts in back
Accessories + Footwear: Zipped ankle boots with rubber sole / Black brogues with white rubber sole / Nylon and leather low-top sneakers / Alligator vault bags / Tortoise aviator sunglasses
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