Its military roots and versatility have long made it the outerwear of choice among creatives. Now Burberry – the British label synonymous with it – adapts its Heritage trench to make it even easier to shop for. Together with the brand (and some friends), Female zeroes in on the updates.
A Danish native who recently moved to Singapore, she’s the creative director of Space Objekt, the budding design studio behind some of the most innovative installations and experiences that have popped up here in the past year. Think a gin chamber that enveloped guests in the alcohol’s vapour, and ambitious sets that look right out of Blade Runner. Westminster cotton trenchcoat and Vintage Check cotton cap. All Burberry
CHEW WEI SHAN (AKA WEISH)
Known for her idiosyncratic sound that melds live loops, beatboxing and her own lulling vocals, the singer-songwriter heads to the Shefﬁeld Doc/ Fest in Britain this month to perform Tick Tick and Tell You Something, her original tunes for the local Sundance-approved indie ﬁlm, Shirkers. Also to come: new material from her two other bands, the progressive rock Sub:shaman and the electronic .gif. Westminster cotton trenchcoat, cotton jersey vest, matching chinos and leather boots
THE UPDATED STYLES
Besides lining featuring the signature house check in a smaller size and more fashionable details like horn buttons, Burberry’s signature trenchcoats have been reworked into three ranges, each offering a different ﬁt and look.
The slimmest ﬁt with narrow shoulders and a cinched waist for a look that’s womanly yet powerful. Belt it to accentuate its gently ﬂared silhouette and feminine appeal. (PS: Both its lengths – standard and long – have been designed to complement all skirt styles.) $3,350, available in the brand’s most classic colours: honey (or camel brown) and midnight (aka black)
Relaxed (note the wider armholes) yet tailored, this is a modern take on the brand’s most classic ﬁt. Layering is easy since the shoulders and chest area are now roomier than before, though the overall streamlined cut means that it’s still let’s-get-d0wn-to-business polished. $3,350, available in honey, midnight or slate grey
The “artiest” of the three styles (explains why we put Fung and Chew in it on the previous pages) with its slouchy, extra-roomy silhouette. Adding to its cool ease: the introduction of tropical gabardine (lighter and more ﬂuid than the water-resistant cotton traditionally used); raglan sleeves (also great for layering); and a tumbled ﬁnish for a hint of street edge. $3,550, in honey and dark khaki
Photography Veronica Tay
Styling Imran Jalal
Hair & makeup Sha Shamsi, using Burberry