9 July 2008

"Crumpled Classics"






Christopher Bailey called his Spring 2009 collection, for Burberry Prorsum, "Crumpled Classics". There was an intentional focus on outerwear, hence the exposed clavicles and the light, washed out fabrics layered underneath the caots and blazers. Drawing inspiration from English film director, artist and writer (to name a few of his accomplishments) Derek Jarman, Bailey sought to create a vintage collection, with well worn yet loved garments. The melancholy nature of the fabrics, provided by cosy and warm textures, muted tones and drapping fits, looked towards Jarman's life. In particular, it looked towards his famous home, where he moved to after being diagnosed with HIV in his later years.

Jarman's famous shingle cottage was built along the harsh English coastline near to Dungeness, in the shadow of its large nuclear power station. The somewhat drab tones of pewter, stone, moss and peat conjured memories of rain along the English coastline, where the elements frequently ravage the landscape. This coupled with the lightweight fabrics under the heavy outerwear reminded the viewer of the fragility of nature when compared to the harsh elements and uncertain shadow of a nuclear station. The construction of both the cottage and the garden, used local materials, which were given a breath of new life, a breath also apparent in the clothing of Bailey's collection.

The worn in feel of the collection provided a comfortable and loved look, yet also a ruggedness, fitting in perfectly with the inspiration drawn from Jarman and his home. Other Spring collections seemed to draw inspirations from the pyjama suit, baggy pinstriped tailoring, a fresh contrast was therefore visible in this collection. Although Bailey arguably used an inspiration that would have served for a Fall Collection, he managed to bring a lightness to his work, making the clothing well suited to the Spring. Despite the sadness of the collection, drawing wondeful inspiration from Jarman's later years, Bailey managed to bring a new hope and light.


Currently playing: I'm Sorry - Neyo / Good Vibrations - Gym Class Heroes

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34 comments:

  1. burberry was SO good. i love it. <3

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  2. I like the first one. The combination of the colors is so good! & the second one is awesome too! Maybe I am biased but I always have a thing for guys wit hair like that.

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  3. Yeowza. I'm pretty sure I would wear some if not all of these pieces - and I'm a girl. What a wonderfully chic season!
    I just love the feeling you get from knowing what a collection is based from - especially the comfort and timeless classic idea behind the landscaping of the cottage. Wonderful piece, dear!
    xo

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  4. Wow, its so good to see a male fashion blog that actually talks about male fashion, rather than ladies.
    I did like Burberry, but then CK was rather immense too... :)

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  5. whoa, these are fabulous, i agree with laurel, i would wear some of these pieces too. :D

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  6. Hey some great pics, and i love Burberry, i think it has really upped it's game in recent years and has become one of my fave.
    Oh and yeh, i know you have to be good at maths and science for psychology, and i don't really like them, i was glad to finish with them at GCSE. Is there any other subjects i haven't suggested that you recommend?
    Thanks
    x

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  7. its always interesting to see where the inspiration from each collection comes from. i like the cardigans and sweaters from that collection, and the fit of those pants. thanks for the opinion about the vaccine, haha.

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  8. Man, my Jimmy would look so cute in those outfits. I especially love the green suit, and that long cardigan!

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  9. I love the entire collection, especially the colors combination and how effortless it looks.As for the cottage, I learned about it in one of my architecture classes...:)

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  10. Ooh, those outfits/clothes are so cool!

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  11. Ooh, those outfits/clothes are so cool!

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  12. wow, I would wear that (I have a thing for wearing mens clothes).

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  13. My home town is fairly new Dungeness, and I recognise the cottage too. I can totally see how he was influenced by the colours down that neck of the woods. English coastlines do have a drab, stormy presence but I think it's half their charm :)

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  14. I have 3 points to make:
    1.these pictures make me really happy.
    2.i have been to dungeness.
    3.you should download rosie oddie and the odd squad's single cola coka from itunes. i'm freaking loving it, it's SO catchy!!!

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  15. Perfectly undone looks. Love your music choices today too :)

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  16. I'm coveting the green suit! And teaming two cardigans together... hmmm... easy and elegant!

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  17. An actual male fashion blog! I love it. You really are a marvelous writer.

    Those outfit coordinations are great. The simple layering is completely unbelievable.

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  18. Crumpled classics is such a good name for all these divine outfits!

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  19. Oh i love Neyo{ and its nice to see a guy in the blogger fashion world{

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  20. Madeline R. A.10 July 2008 at 03:38

    I love every single one of these looks. I love how I am inspired from them as a woman. Unisex looks are my favorite.

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  21. Model number 2 has my favorite outfit on. I really love the grandfather jacket mixed in with formal wear...its stunning on guys and girls :)

    Tart

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  22. I love all these looks :)

    I'll be showing them to my boyfriend as examples of how I think he should dress!

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  23. i personally love these and would want to weat them myself! :) haha!

    ps. ill do the tag thing soon.. damn i just realized flickr is blocked here! anyway, :)

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  24. Wow:) I love your blog:)

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  25. Aw, thank you for that comment. :) It's funny you mention the men section of shoes at Aldo, because every time I walk into my store, I see 80% is stuff for women and the poor men's section is at 20% and so measly. :( I love that, "crumpled classics," Christopher Bailey truly does inspire. I love that whole mesh of classic meeting casual. Would look amazing on you! :)

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  26. Hiya Dapper Kid, We loooove your blog! We can't believe this is the first time we've stumbled upon it.
    Also, on your profile we saw you were an art history student (that's what I - half of the asiancajuns- studied at college/uni). Thanks for the inspiring pics.

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  27. Love the guys. Love the pics. Love the blog =)

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  28. all my french male friends critize a lot the V-neck shirts despite some of them wear them (beacuase it´s on fashion, and they are parisiens...) however, I think that althought V-necks are not for everyone, they are very sexy... love the collection by Bailey

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  29. Wow look #2 & #5 are fantastic. Great blog by the way...





    xCC

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  30. Are those, in fact, wearable? LOL i know it sounds silly, but have a thought. You cant afford to put a stain in that only-god-knows-how-much-it-cost outfit. But heck, those are cool. Peace!

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  31. Christopher Bailey is genious!!! every secne he came on the scene im in love with burberry prosum

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  32. I found so much useful data in this post!

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