Burberry Prorsum: Just Leave Your Coat On

February 20th, 2008

Yes­ter­day, the Burberry Pror­sum show in Milan made a defin­i­tive case for the chunky-necklace-paired-with-a-coat the­ory. This refresh­ing take had me ask­ing why this idea hasn’t been explored fur­ther. There is a nat­ural affin­ity between a bold neck piece and the archi­tec­ture of a coat. The orna­ments Christo­pher Bai­ley, Cre­ative Direc­tor for Burberry, chose are stone-intense or fringe-y, mak­ing them less like armor and more softly decorative.

Burberry Prorsum, Milan, Fall 2008

Prac­ti­cally speak­ing, remov­ing the neck­lace in order to take off the coat may be the only argu­ment going against the look, yet how dif­fer­ent is this from wear­ing a bulky scarf? And in truth, dur­ing the colder months when I am mak­ing my daily rounds, I rarely, if ever, have the time to shed my outer lay­ers. There is a styl­ish sense to this notion of a jan­gling jewel paired with a chic, woolen shell. It’s a won­der­fully com­plete state­ment. Rain, snow, or shine.

Burberry Prorsum, Fall 2008,

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