Christopher Bailey’s Most Iconic Burberry Trench Coats

On Tuesday, it was announced that after 17 years at the helm of Burberry, Christopher Bailey would be stepping down as the label’s chief creative designer. The news came as a surprise, and not just because he had shown one of the label’s greatest collections in recent history — but because, amid the particularly busy creative director rumor mill, his name never once came up.

Over the past two decades, Bailey’s name has become synonymous with the British heritage brand. After all, he made Burberry into the luxury behemoth it is today. (It’s like thinking about Chanel without Karl Lagerfeld!) And since Bailey is synonymous with Burberry and Burberry is synonymous with trench coats, we decided to take a look back at the greatest remixes of this iconic garment that he sent down the runway.

Throughout the years, Bailey and his team came up with at least 40 different iterations of the iconic piece — a feat in and of itself. But to celebrate his tenure at the label, we’ve compiled 15 of our favorite styles from the last 10 years. It’s obvious that whoever gets the title next is going to have some big shoes coats to fill.

Spring 2007

Bailey first showed his vision for the brand for the spring 2002 collection, but it wasn’t until 2007 that he seemed to have gotten comfortable enough to start experimenting. This dress, modeled by Jessica Stam, immediately became the It piece of the season.

Photo: Chris Moore/Catwalking.

Spring 2009

In 2009 the vision was so simple, you could attempt to D.I.Y. it at home. The trench dip-dyed in coffee was very earthy and boho without venturing into hippie territory.

Photo: Chris Moore/Catwalking.

Spring 2010

This collection was one of the best the season, Burberry does sexy bodycon! It was shocking, and we loved it. The pink trench with the delicately draped and ruched sleeves was an obvious winner.

Photo: Gareth Cattermole.

Spring 2011

If you want to be subtly subversive, perhaps you’ll go for metallic-stud covered sleeves on an otherwise prim and proper silhouette.

Photo: Chris Moore/Catwalking.

Fall 2011

Bailey always outdid himself during the fall collections — after all, is there anything more British than being cozy all the time? This time the trench coat that stood out the most was done up in orange tweed with a matching leather piping, but most importantly, the fur detail at the shoulders made this something you’d never need (or want) to take off.

Photo: Chris Moore/Catwalking.

Spring 2012

For a collection inspired by the artist Henry Moore, Bailey experimented with natural fabrics and textures. This striped trench in a raffia-esque texture is absolutely perfect.

Photo: Chris Moore/Catwalking.

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