Prestige (Singapore) - - FASHION -

An im­pres­sive 66 run­way shows, over 1,000 looks and more than 50 cam­paigns through 17 years of Christo­pher Bai­ley’s vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship has el­e­vated Burberry from an an­ti­quated coat maker into one of the world’s top lux­ury houses. Along the way, the York­shire lad cut the brand’s links with the chav cul­ture, trans­formed the util­i­tar­ian trench coat into a fash­ion must-have with The Art of the Trench, es­tab­lished an as­so­ci­a­tion with mu­sic by rep­ping both es­tab­lished and emerg­ing tal­ents through run­way shows and Burberry Acous­tic. Bai­ley was also among the fi rst in fash­ion to em­brace tech­nol­ogy, which put the brand ahead of its peers. So it’s no wonder when he de­cided to call it a day, he de­liv­ered a fan­tas­tic farewell.

A bevy of 84 mod­els in­clud­ing past and present cam­paign stars Ad­woa Aboah and Edie Camp­bell pre­sented his last co-ed col­lec­tion walk­ing through a mul­ti­sen­sory in­stal­la­tion merg­ing move­ment, light and sound by the United Vis­ual Artists ( UVA).

While Time re­flected his ten­ure and his hopes for the fu­ture as he cel­e­brated the present, the show wasn’t all about Bai­ley. He shared the spot­light with in­ter­na­tional LGBTQ+ com­mu­ni­ties, adopt­ing the rain­bow for his last take on the iconic check. Burberry also lent sup­port with a new phil­an­thropic pro­gramme to pro­mote di­ver­sity around the world, and ce­mented its com­mit­ment to LGBTQ+ com­mu­ni­ties with do­na­tions to char­i­ties.

An in­ter­na­tional sym­bol for op­ti­misim and in­clu­sive­ness, the joy­ful rain­bow turned up as a spell­bind­ing laser light spec­ta­cle to cap off the rous­ing fi­nale.

“My fi­nal col­lec­tion here at Burberry is ded­i­cated to — in sup­port of — some of the best and bright­est or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing the LGBTQ+ youth around the world. There has never been a more im­por­tant time to say that in our di­ver­sity lies our strength, and our cre­ativ­ity.” CHRISTO­PHER BAI­LEY

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