We’re Kind Of Obsessed With RHODES After Burberry’s SS16 Menswear Show
And that laser-cut lace trench coat. We’ll take two, please.
Invited back to perform again after a beautiful set on Burberry’s AW14 Womenswear catwalk, he managed to give the audience at London’s Kensington Gardens chills, despite the blistering afternoon heat.
Making his way through four tracks, RHODES effortlessly transitioned from his own ‘Close Your Eyes’ and the haunting ‘Breathe’, through to covers of Ultravox’s ‘Vienna’ and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ ‘I Put A Spell On You’.
Catching up with MTV after the show, RHODES explained, “‘Vienna’ is such a huge, classic song, and I think it’s cool to now be able to introduce it to people who may never have heard it. We did a new arrangement of it, which was slightly more themed towards having the orchestra involved.
“It was exciting doing ‘I Put A Spell On You’, because I have the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ version of that, which is a 1956 recording. I was learning that and re-familiarising myself with it in my head, but then when I got to rehearsals it was the Sonique version that everyone was referencing, which is completely different!
“For us it was just about doing something different to all the versions of that song that are already out there, so it ended up being very mellow, but still intense with the strings and everything.”
As for the clothes? It was another accomplished show for Christopher Bailey, who married his SS16 Menswear with the SS16 Womenswear Pre-Collection, with lace proving the key fabric for both guys and girls.
With Suki Waterhouse, David Gandy, Dermot O’Leary and Samuel L. Jackson watching from the front row, Burberry went on safari, as their usual men’s suits were replaced by short sleeved shirts in neutral tones teamed with cuffed hem joggers.
There was even a giraffe print vest thrown in, adding a casual element to trench and trews, and finished with slick tasselled slippers. The aforementioned lace was worn on shirts beneath zebra print trenches, as well as on a fully laser-cut coat, which provided the show’s standout piece.
It’s little wonder that RHODES told us he would “definitely” return for a third turn on the Burberry runway. We’ll certainly be back next season.