BURBERRY WESTMINSTER TRENCHCOAT
A Timeless Classic
During the golden age of Hollywood, the trench was a must-have piece on the silver screen. They carried the attitude of the powerful and mysterious, a seductive femme fatale, a journalist or a subtle spy – a perfect film noir prop back then.
The BURBERRY trench coat – a piece that was never meant to become a timeless style icon. But today, a Burberry trench is easily recognizable for its refined and sleek aesthetic – and the slightly rugged appeal. Its history dates back over 150 years. First introduced as a military uniform in 1912, literally to be worn in the trenches during war. Each feature on the trench has been put there for a reason. For example: the epaulettes on the shoulders were added to display the rank of the officers, the storm shield on the back enabled water to run off the coat, the D-rings on the belt were added to hold equipment such as map cases or swords and, originally, the coats came with a removable lining, which could be used as a blanket. A simple design for functionality.
Over the decades, the coat received some kind of a celebrity status. During the golden age of Hollywood, the trench was a must-have piece on the silver screen. They carried the attitude of the powerful and mysterious, a seductive femme fatale, a journalist or a subtle spy – a perfect film noir prop back then. Today, the classic BURBERRY trench still has this vibe. Now available in different colors, lengths and designs, the trench might have lost its functional origin, but it retains that iconic and original feeling.
The original coat might be neutral in color, but a modern take on this classic piece gives it an even more mysterious direction: the color black. My BURBERRY trenchcoat is from the Fall/Winter 2019 collection, designed by creative director Riccardo Tisci. A feminine A-line trench coat cut from wool gabardine. Simple and modern but with all its features from the original military design.