Chen Kun Brings Britain Calvary into Beijing


We’ve been transported back to The Bund circa 1930. Looking like a commanding officer patrolling the cobbled streets of a period set from a Wong Kar-wai film, Chen Kun was a recruitment-poster vision of soldierly suaveness at the Beijing launch of the Burberry Britain.

Chen Kun’s masculine, military-tinged raiment—head-to-toe Prorsum, so we’ve been told—was the perfect uniform for the occasion, given The Britain‘s own trench-like elements. We appreciate the thought process that went into Christopher Bailey’s latest timepiece: note, for instance, the khaki strap and the octagonal case, which takes its silhouette from the D-rings pegged onto (real) World War I vestments to hold field paraphernalia like flasks, maps and grenades.

As for Chen Kun’s romanticized movie-star take on combative gear, we love his cape-like black sponge wool regimental top coat, which he swaddled over his midnight-blue cotton seersucker suit and fitted poplin white dress shirt, finished off with a judicious dash of mod-flair courtesy of an ink silk jacquard geometric print skinny tie and polished navy lace-ups. Rakish and redolent with a certain art-house aesthetic, this is getting us In the Mood for Love