In the Trenches With Burberry and Colette

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Something's been brewing in the world of Burberry trench coats as of late. Did it begin with the publishing of Trench by Assouline, or is the current fascination with the old WWI invention a product of street-style trends going back a couple of years? Whatever it is, a season that has seen a completely trench-themed collection by Christopher Bailey at Burberry, and the launch of the brand's "Art of the Trench" website featuring photos by Scott "Sartorialist" Schuman, is rounding off with the appearance of some very limited-edition coats at Parisian super-boutique Colette. Again, Bailey has knotted, plumped, and pleated the familiar khaki material, adding curves and sex appeal to the usually straight-lined, all-weather icon. More decorative touches, like the spikes along the collar, suggest that the classic British staple might just be punk enough for more fashion-forward creatures like Róisín Murphy or Rihanna. With wet-weather protection like this, RiRi wouldn't always need her umbrella.

Colette x Burberry Exclusive Trenches: Wow! [Highsnobette]