When Christopher Bailey took to the idea of using writer Bruce Chatwin's wanderlust as inspiration for Burberry's Spring 2015 collection, he didn't envisage the concept of nostalgia it would eventually hold. "He was completely British, but he struggled to stay in one place," said Christopher Bailey after the Burberry Prorsum show in Milan this weekend. The theme of travel is echoed throughout the collection, with floppy safari-esque hats, brightly coloured retro trainers and Italian style tapered trousers.
As ever Bailey has infiltrated the collection with British classics: short duffel coats, briefcases and embellished travel satchels in muted colours were meant to look well used. The block colours of the silk and velvet pieces, bottle-green, mauve and camel were inspired by the covers of faded 1940s era books. The end of the show saw a dreamy amalgamation of the collection with the Burberry staples, slim-cut suits and the trench, reimagined for summer in aqua and denim. Bailey has epitomised a modern, British male by looking to a dreamer and hedonistic traveller whose style was anything but careless.