Pairing Fair Isle knits and Burberry’s signature checks with plastic raincoats, fur coats and penny loafers, the collection portrayed a quintessential old meets new British flair.

As Britain makes way for Brexit, one of its primary efforts is the amalgamation of its newfound autonomy from the European Union with its long, copious culture and heritage. Burberry chief creative officer Christopher Bailey takes advantage of the latter to solidify the brand and nation’s identity, portraying strong British influences through his Fall Winter 2017 show.

The first hint of the notion came from the show’s venue and setup. Held in a former east London court, the Old Sessions House, Bailey primed the British spirit from the building’s weathered walls juxtaposing grand chandeliers to the exhibition of 20th century British photography, titled “Here We Are” along its corridors.

“This building, I think, represents what we are trying to say in the collection,” Bailey says at the show. “There’s a little bit of grandeur, but also something that’s a bit broken down with age.”

Then came the collection – a true representation of the concept. Pairing Fair Isle knits and Burberry’s signature checks with plastic raincoats, fur coats and penny loafers, the collection portrayed a quintessential old meets new British flair.

Oversized plaid totes, baseball caps and argyle socks in a variety of colours completed the looks with a nod in the same direction, giving the overall impression of a well-curated show.

See the collection here (swipe left for more photos).

Images: Courtesy of Burberry

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