British model and designer Alexa Chung has a longstanding relationship with heritage and lifestyle brand Barbour, and as we enter coat season, they’ve collaborated once again on an outerwear collection for Fall ’21.
A line that exudes the spirit of adventure, this range was inspired by the form and function of outerwear worn by explorers of the 20th century, and so, not only do the coats protect against wild weather, they offer a good dose of vintage style too, a la Chung.
When it comes to silhouettes, the classic ALEXACHUNG aesthetic has been applied to a range of styles, from wax jackets to casual knee length ‘70s vibing coats, and then there’s cropped and longer quilted numbers too. As for colorways, expect countryside shades of green that sit alongside classic navy, retro camel, and a new soft zinc hue (think pale lilac-cum-grey). Expect Barbour signature details too, in the form of tartan lining, contrasting cord collars and brass-colored hardware. Autumn-winter just got good.
“We were keen to approach the design process of this particular collection with a metaphorical suitcase filled with unique inspiration and fresh ideas, all of which were conceived during lockdown. We began by delving deep into the image research phase and opted, this time, to take the road less travelled, moving away from what might be considered the more ‘traditional’ reference points used in previous seasons, such as equestrian and outdoor pursuits, and entering into a new realm of possibilities. And so, to the mood board – the American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart ready for take-off in her pilot bomber, a vintage firefighter jacket with aged brass clasps and a female astronaut of yesteryear in a zinc hued ensemble, all of which led to inspire the silhouettes, hardware detailing and colour palette found in this collection.
My favourite pieces? I’m glad you asked. The Tonal Pip in the aforementioned zinc colorway is soon to be mine and I look forward to wearing it as I perform a rain dance with my hood up under the grey skies of England. The new dark camel colorway makes a spectacular entrance on the Jackie; an oversized silhouette offset with a dinky tie neck detail, the perfect raincoat in which to grab someone’s attention. This collection was born out of a deep yearning for travel, adventure and discovery along with an underlying need for protection – which we hope this collection offers you. Fasten your seat belts, we’re getting out of here.” Alexa Chung, Creative Director of ALEXACHUNG