Christopher Bailey’s “The Gentlemen”, his Fall 2012 menswear collection, gives way to his feminine exploration of the ultimate English sartorial crossroads – the haute interminglings at the corner of “Town and Field”.
Crisp white worker’s shirts (Field) worn above sensuous body-con herringbone pencil skirts (Town), made for the most recognizable, accessible and covet-worthy looks in Bailey’s dichotomous play book.There was also a play on the topsy-turvy here, with stunning velvet skirts imbued with a sensuous heft by way of asymmetrical ruffles that looked anything but saccharine. He played to this kind of tilting with his tribal print skirts last season – in velvet, the elegance of the house codes shines through – a palpable grasp at Blue Bloodedness.
But just like his menswear, it’s the earthy, slightly childish, oh shucks gravitas of the Field, of a crisp autumn setting made to roll around in, that made this another solid triumph for Bailey. Ever since his menswear debut men have been clamboring, waiting impatiently, dying for those lovely woodland creature embroidered knits to hit the shelves. Now that the ladies have been granted the same kind of options, prepare for similar, maniacal expectations.