This season London Fashion Week, which officially begins today, marks a sad goodbye for fashion favorite Christopher Bailey. Saturday’s Burberry show—the house’s March 2018 collection in its see now, buy now format—will be the designer’s last as creative director, and he has yet to announce any plans for the future. Naturally, we can’t help by reminisce about his time at the British heritage label. There are countless moments that could be mentioned—from his design work, to how he successful transitioned the company into its get-it-now model business, to even his most recent collaboration with streetwear designer Gosha Rubchinskiy. The last 17 years at Burberry have been filled with both wonderful and surprising memories, but to properly honor Bailey, CR remembers one particularly weird moments before he rose to the top of LFW.
One of the designer’s first jobs in the industry was working for Donna Karan, whom he met when he was still at the Royal College of Art. “She completely seduced me with the way she sees the world,” he recalled in a speech during an event for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. “She stripped naked within about three minutes of meeting, and tried on all my things. That was one of my first big wake up calls to how nutty—and how brilliant this industry is.”
Things only got stranger (or more “ridiculous” as he put it) when he began to work for her. “We would be working very, very late. At 3 AM there would be a masseur coming around to give you a massage: that’s weird,” he mused. “Then at 4 AM we’d all sit in a little circle and we’d chat over the fabrics: that was weird to me too. And then at 5 o’clock Demi Moore would come in for a fitting.”
Things didn’t get any less strange when he began working at Gucci. “Tom Ford had just had a really big, strong collection and he was looking for a senior designer and he wanted to meet me,” he once said. “It was a huge room, quite dark. In the middle of the room there were these two chairs. On one of these chairs there is this chap, sat there with his shirt open to his navel, with a huge gold belt.” Luckily, that wasn’t Bailey’s only impression of the prolific American designer.END
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