Jan 12, 2016 12:06PM

A Tribute To Bowie @ Burberry Menswear AW16

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As we arrive at Burberry's AW16 show, we're greeted by the songs of David Bowie floating from the speakers — a fitting tribute to the departed icon who is very much at the top of everyone's minds. The music heightens the sense of ceremony in the air before the show even starts. Once seated, young gun Benjamin Clementine takes to the piano and the show springs to life, models seemingly lured by his beautiful and haunting soundtrack.


The nod to the 70s is unmistakeable, and several of the models wear glitter eye make-up in tribute to Bowie. The overall look is the love-child of Wes Anderson and the English public school aesthetic, and it works.

There are shaggy haired boys in military style wool coats, with exaggerated trims for a refined yet rebellious look, tailored satin track pants teamed with furry bombers, and slim flares with chunky knits. Casual items are reimagined in luxury materials — from sequin Breton sweaters and track jackets to a luxe fur-lined parka.

The standout items in the show are the coats, from a rich olive wool number with bold gold buttons to Talking Heads-inspired oversized designs. The signature trench also gets a larger than life update. 

The show also includes Burberry's Womenswear Pre-Collection. For women, the clothes are delicate and disco-inspired. We see shimmering Lurex dresses, paisley shifts with box pleat skirts and sheer tulle dresses with asymmetric frills. One model lifts her hands at the end of the catwalk to reveal she has "BOWIE" written on her palms. 


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As Clementine strikes up the final chords, a hush falls over the audience and we watch the final procession of models. Striding out, the series of stylish misfits hold the attention of a rapt crowd. As the final model exits, Bowie streams through the speakers again — it's a perfect homage to the Thin White Duke.

Watch the show in full here:

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Gemma Lacey