Christopher Bailey on Being English

The International Herald Tribune's video of Suzy Menkes interviewing Christopher Bailey makes us remember why "DO ME DAILY/CHRISTOPHER BAILEY" was ou
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The International Herald Tribune's video of Suzy Menkes interviewing Christopher Bailey makes us remember why "DO ME DAILY/CHRISTOPHER BAILEY" was ou

The International Herald Tribune's video of Suzy Menkes interviewing Christopher Bailey makes us remember why "DO ME DAILY/CHRISTOPHER BAILEY" was our favorite House of Holland t-shirt. Though the video features the adorable designer discussing only the Burberry Men's A/W '08 show, we think his observations apply to the fashion world at large. When Suzy asks him what it means to be English, he says "I sometimes describe it as this disheveled elegance. I love the fact that there is something quite traditional, quite stoic...along with this real art side to it, along with this real almost rebellious side." We think that's one of the best descriptions of British fashion we've heard. The constant struggle between incorporating the past and moving in an entirely new direction is one of the main reasons the Brits are so often at the forefront of developing new trends. Witness Stella's Saville Row tailoring applied to womenswear; Vivienne Westwood's courtly silhouettes worn to bashes at BoomBox; McQueen's armor-inspired breastplates made of leather for women. And as far as the vibe on Bailey's latest runway - men in crisp coats and feathered sweaters - we hope it doesn't take a whole year to translate to the boys stateside.