Burberry gets close to the audience at London Fashion Week

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Posted: Jan 11, 2016 3:18 PM
Burberry gets close to the audience at London Fashion Week

LONDON (AP) — Burberry offered an impressive menswear presentation Monday, featuring live music, international stars and a line-up of well-designed clothes and a bit of a twist.

At the fall-winter 2016 show, the catwalk crisscrossed the venue in meandering paths that met at the music stand in the middle, where Benjamin Clementine played a sorrowful, heart-stopping live set.

Military coats, duffel coats and even re-issued trench coats and a variety of jackets were overlaid with casual polo shirts and track suits, which came in both matte and sequined versions. A lone long-haired grey fox fur coat made an almost dissonant note of unchecked extravagance until one noticed the military red track suit top underneath. The classic Burberry geometry made a discreet appearance on scarves and the outerwear.

The colors stayed on a cold-season spectrum of claret, grey, navy, ochre and black.

In honor of David Bowie, whose death was announced earlier in the morning, some models sported the glittery makeup he once favored, while others had written "Bowie" across their open palms.

Guests included Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen; musicians Mark Ronson, Tinie Tempah and Jack Garratt; and South Korean actor Lee Jong-suk.

Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey said he was seeking something different than a typical runway show.

"I wanted people to get closer to the clothes," he said about the unusual walkways. "I wanted the whole mood to be a little more gentle and a little bit more serene."