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August 22 2014

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Rainy Day Men

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Christopher Bailey’s new collection for Burberry was dubbed “Burberry Weather Boys.” “A coat for all seasons,” the designer explained. And, yes, there was plenty of hardy outerwear, from the blanket check wool toppers that opened, to a variety of felted parkas (reminiscent of the felted suits shown earlier in the day at Jil Sander), and wools subjected to a wide variety of texturizing and weather-proofing treatments: they were laminated, resinated, bonded, backed onto vinyl, doubled, and so on. The implication, lest it should escape you was, rain happens, and you’d better be prepared. And rain it did: After the troupe had marched out to a Dusty Springfield and Cliff Richard soundtrack, the heavens opened—or at least the rafters above the audience’s heads—and the water came rushing down. Don’t worry too much about the catwalkers or their outfits. For their final exit, each came out with an added protective layer: a transparent rain poncho over his look. There’s no predicting the weather, as the adage goes, except perhaps at Burberry, where it can be marshalled to remind the audience, boy, I could really use a good, rain-proof coat. And lo and behold: Those shown on Burberry’s runway are available for pre-order right now on Burberry.com.

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