The Burberry Prorsum, Fall 2010, ready to wear line, should be labeled, Fashion Goes to War.
The jackets, with gargantuan-collared shearling, and impeccably tailored military coats, seem designed for a post-modern lady warrior. The multiple leather straps and Mad Max buckles complete a look which recalls Clark Gable as the daring flier in Victor Fleming’s Test Pilot—one of my very fav movies evuh. In that film Myrna Loy was the earth bound girl. But now Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s designer, envisions Ms. Loy as the dashing flier.
It’s a great look with tons of allure. An oversize, toasty warm jacket, paired with a gauzy skirt and killer boots, thigh-high for the urban runway or shearling-lined, bristling with buckles, perfect for snow and ice. Though I’ve already spotted them on the frozen tundra of Beverly Hills.
Burberry has hit on a timely theme. I can see the movie unspooling in my head: Tall, skinny models answering the call of duty as they slip into fashionable uniforms, buckle themselves into F-16’s and, after applying a final coat of lip gloss, bomb the jihadists back to the stone age.
When my father, Rabbi Abraham Avrech, Col. Ret., a Chaplin with the 42nd Division, was overseas during the Korean War, the U.S. Army kindly provided him with this spectacular leather shearling. When I first saw this picture I asked my father if he still had the coat. I wanted it soooo badly. But no, honest Abe returned it to the quartermaster.
Hey dad, never thought you’d end up in a fashion layout, huh?
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and peaceful Shabbat.