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Burberry’s Famous Checks Are Back And They Are Better Than Ever

From baseball caps to giant totes to oversized trench coats, checks were the name of the game at Burberry's show in London. See the best looks.

Everyone knows that checks are and have always been Burberry’s thing, but in case anyone ever forgets, the latest collection that showed at Clerkenwell Green in London on Sunday has cemented that fact for the history books. Checks have always been a part of Burberry’s collections, even if as subtle as a peek-a-boo lining of a trench coat, but for his latest endeavour at the heritage house, Christopher Bailey made sure that the check was front and centre.

Checks were on caps, boyish-cut coats, oversized bags, high-waisted pants, dad jackets, little cowl neck dresses and yes, trench coats. One particular oversized trench coat which seemed to be made of the softest nylon – worn simply with a matching checked cap, red argyle socks and sandals – was especially singular. Despite the plethora of looks unveiling all around us, our eyes followed that particular coat as it made its way up the stairs, past our row and into the different rooms. We’re keeping an eye out for that one.

Bailey also revisits Burberry’s penchant for regalia-inspired codes, but with its solid colours of green, blue and red, white borders and boxy tailoring, the pieces were graphic and geometric without being obviously so. The little marching band skirts – already in stores, by the way – will look as good with just a t-shirt as with the sheer high-necked blouses they were styled with in the show. In fact, most if not all of Bailey’s looks from last night can be easily broken down for the everyday.

Part way between polished and street seems to be a good way to sum it. High-necked blouses with gold collar pins and sheer lace gowns with oversized crystal earrings on one hand, but also oversized cuts, hoodies and outerwear that recall the fifties and sixties on the other. There was an air of androgyny as well – boys were in crystal earrings and brooches and several pieces they wore could easily win the appeal of the girl who prefers her pants over her dresses.

Checks, patterned knits, nylon, lace, shearling, pastel faux fur, regalia, and an unmistakable scent of youth, both past and present and so distinctly Burberry, to tie it all together. Burberry went back to what it does best and it worked. It worked very well, indeed.

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