An era is coming to an end. News just hit that Christopher Bailey will step down as the head designer for Burberry in March 2018. Bailey has been single-handedly credited for reviving the British brand during his seventeen-year long run.
Ahead of his departure, we take a look back at some of his most iconic creations.
Studded Leather Jacket
We all came to love studs and the edge of Burberry when Sienna Miller wore this Christopher Bailey piece from his Spring/summer 2011 to the 2013 Met Gala. The style was a mix of modern with war era elegance and was inspired by Burberry founder Thomas Burberry, who designed it for England’s first motorbike riders back in the early 1900s.
The preppy monogrammed rucksack was part of Burberry’s spring/summer 2016 show – and promptly sold out. Picked up by Dakota Johnson, Taylor Swift, and Margot Robbie, it was part of the “Functionregalia” collection inspired by Burberry’s military archive.
Under Christopher Bailey’s deft touch, the trench coat once again became a must-have for all women. An indispensable piece that became as iconic as Chanel’s tweed jacket or Hermès’s silk scarf. Bailey kept the classic design of the trench but updated it with metallic finishing and a sharper tailored silhouette.
Before the launch of the Burberry Poncho, the item was only associated with hippies and such but Bailey introduced the equestrian-inspired blanket ponchos which were worn by Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller, and Alexa Chung. Of course, Burberry versions were done in Cashmere and pure wool.
A ladylike top-handle bag is the newest addition to the iconic trends created by Christopher Bailey for Burberry. The bag was part of a collection inspired by British sculptor Henry Moore and is named after the house code for Burberry’s honey-colored cotton gabardine.
Made from a full-grain, hand-pressed “trench leather,” the simple yet strong shape comes in multiple sizes and shades ranging from blossom pink to celadon green. The bag is a huge hit with many celebrities and future launches of the bag in new fabrics, patterns and colorway are already being discussed.
Hand Painted Coat
The autumn of 2014 saw a new rendition of the Burberry coat. This time with shearling, a rolling favorite with Kate Hudson and Alexa Chung. The new hand-painted version bloomed with bohemian sweeps of leaf and floral motifs in gentle, faded strokes.
It came cropped (on Jourdan Dunn) and in a full-length Seventies style, combining sumptuous shearling with suede.