Burberry Prorsum Biker Jacket S/S 2011

Hardcore biker-chic from Burberry…Christopher Bailey can you do no wrong?!
Okay, so you won’t exactly be huggable, but you’ll sure as hell RULE when it comes to standoffish Jimmy Dean cool!

I’d pair with girlish neutrals in floaty fabrics…just – you know – for the sheer iconoclastic joy of it.

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Burberry Prorsum 

Editor’s notes

Burberry Prorsum’s silver stud-embellished black leather biker is the ultimate trophy jacket. Walk this striking style straight off the runway with a printed body-con dress and glossy black pumps. Shown here with a 3.1 Phillip Lim bag and a Burberry Prorsum dress and shoes.

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Flying High: Burberry Prorsum & THAT Aviator Jacket

Ah, the Burberry Aviator. I have been avoiding this topic ever since it seared its mannishly sexy shearling and leather and buckle bedecked awesomeness onto my beleaguered eyeballs way back in January.

Why?! I hear you not so much gasp as mutter in a slightly tuttish and reproachful kind of way. (After all, is it not my job, my stated purpose, my purported raison d’être to provide up-to-the-minute commentary on the latest and greatest, the statement and the key, the must-haves and the – seriously? WTF. Don’t-make-me-come-down-there – must-nots of fashion, so help me God?!)

Well. Before you hot-foot it to the fashion blog next door, hear me out. A lack of foresight was most definitely not behind this seemingly insane omission – who in their right mind, or even their totally and utterly wrong mind, could have doubted the trend powerhouse that the Burberry Aviator would become?! (Even my Dad clocked this one and he styles himself in heady mix of late 70’s golfing jumpers, biker leathers and retro punk tees; a kind of Curtis Strange does swapsies in a darkened room with Johnny Rotten). No. My reasoning was simple…

a) The world, his aunt and his anally retentive parrot Phyllis were all on the Aviator bandwagon: homages to the flying jacket were loop-the-looping their way across the blogosphere, twitosphere and general internet-o-sphere like a swarm of starved locusts ready to homogenise the people of the globe into one giant Aviator-wearing fashion-army squadron.
Why add my barely audible squeak to the cacophony of the fashionable – and not quite so fashionable – set?…It is after all possible to be too trendy and I’m not really a massive fan of Goliath-sized bandwagons (in case you hadn’t noticed).

But it was b) that really got me. The lust factor. Of course I didn’t want to write about it…the level of torture is practically mind-blowing…like forcing a nil-by-mouth patient – or someone similarly hungry – to write the next M&S commercial surrounded by glossy pictures of exotically pre-modified potatoes and mouth-watering meats post-modified to Elysian heights. In a word: harsh.

The fact of the matter is I am totally, utterly, unequivocally, obsessively and (ever so slightly) psychotically in love with this coat. I don’t just love this coat, I f*%#ing love this coat. I would probably sell my own grandmother for one, I’d live off nothing but Tesco value bran flakes for eternity x pi + 1 just to have one in my possession, never mind to wear. I mean, Look. At. It. It’s a stylists wet dream, an item which, quite literally, goes with ANYTHING: even a fluro tri-colour shell-suit circa ‘82 would have a certain charm when paired with this baby…(Think about it…scary huh!?!?)

What more can I say? Christopher Bailey: my hat is off. May I please board the bandwagon?

Images courtesy of Style.com & Homotography.

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Lets Get Leathered!! Loewe Leather Icons F/W 2010

British designer Stuart Vevers takes the Spanish Goddess of luxury leather back to basics with his new über chic, consummately cool and – dare I say – totally trans-seasonal Icons range. Featuring a wardrobe staple bonanza with pieces to take you from fierce and formal to sexy casual, all crafted from Loewe’s world-famous ‘nappa’ leather (light and supple like a textile but with that vampish edge only leather can bring to the stylistic table) and all in classic fashion-never-fail black…

From the Jimmy Dean retro-rocker jacket to the grunge-tastic Courtney Love pencil skirt, this collection is so goddamn cool it’s making the inevitable tears of envy, covetousness and all-round sinful lust-related emotion freeze directly onto my eyeballs.

Images courtesy of Sun Rainey

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Fall 2010 Flashforward: Rebel Without a Cause

This Fall sees the riotous return of Rock Chic (excuse me while I gesticulate with wild abandon)… punky, edgy, bold – the epitome of a peculiar brand of sang-froid sexiness. It is, dare I say it, bovvered: the haughty eye-rolling teenager of the sartorial sphere.

I am LOVING the Fall collection from the unsung genius of alternative menswear Thomas Engel Hart (above); retro-punk and super SUPER cool. The safety-pinned skinny jeans almost make me wish I had balls, and the natty cropped jackets are, as ivankay neatly (and rather perfectly) sums up, spunky.

William Rast

Cast your eyes over the runways of NY Fashion Week and look to 80’s icon Debbie Harry for inspiration. Rock out in fringing and studded leather as seen at William Rast, go gothic in leather and lace a la Jill Stewart or sex-it-up Seditionaries-style in a pair of Miss Sixty high-waisted hot-pants in black leather.

Jill Stuart

Miss Sixty

For a less extreme foray into the trend check out Philip Lim’s disco-punk inspired collection…

Philip Lim

Philip Lim

Release your inner wild-child and nail this trend in skin-tight leather, metal studs and acid-wash denim. Accessorize with some serious attitude.