February 22, 2013
Keeler was the attractively tousled early-sixties good-time girl who helped to topple Britain’s Conservative government of the time, following the revelation of her simultaneous liaisons with a cabinet minister, a drug dealer—and a Russian spy. “I liked the idea of this very established, classic heritage world meeting a sassy, sweet, sexy, subversive world,” Bailey explained backstage.
This meant playing with the brand’s signature trench coats and greatcoats—in a traditional menswear palette of black, white, camel, and dregs of wine-red—by adding storm flaps of clear rubber, nail-head trim, or epaulets of thin gold bars, and marrying them to vaguely period-appropriate pencil skirts, form-fitting angora sweaters, pedal pushers, and kitten wedge heels. The result was classic with just the right degree of contemporary twist—like the broad rugby stripes in navy and blood-red foulard silk, or the new Crush bag, worn scrunched and flattened under the arm.