Roberto Menichetti not only wants to update Burberry's
image; he is intent on propelling the label into the
future by exploring the interaction between classic
notions of elegance and cutting-edge materials.
Menichetti kept frills to a minimum, working with a
restrained palette of pale gray, navy, beige and
putty; roomy safari coats with chic tunnel belts were
thrown over sensible shirts and trousers in "stretch"
and "carbon," new fabrics that maintain the body's
temperature. But technological fibers met their match
with fine boiled cashmere turtlenecks, wool gabardine
wrap skirts, and milk-soaked leather overcoats and
motorcycle jackets. Menichetti also showed a couple of
large-cut blazers that revived a vintage version of
Burberry's signature plaid and looked subtle and
restrained, in keeping with the minimal spirit of the