christopher bailey has always been a purveyor of the general mood of a particular season. his collection for burberry that showed on the first day on the menswear calendar was the first real statement of what will eventually summarize what the autumn/winter 2009 collection is all about. and that is something robust in its masculinity, but without any sense of over exaggeration. there is a sense of work in the clothes. a struggle that in many ways has always been what ultimately defines a man. however luxurious the fabrication or workmanship, in true bailey form it was humbled by giving it a finish that evoked something lived in and worked in. less polish and more reality. it had the endearing quality that has attracted consumers all across the globe. and like always bailey referenced the britain of the past. edwardian touches like undershirts that tied around the neck was freely mixed in with post-war make do approach to dressing and worked with the house's iconic plaid. the success of bailey and his work at burberry is his ability to channel influence through the common man and translate it to something sublime and universally understandable that makes him fashion's modern day arthur miller. no one ever feels alienated in the burberry world because there is a humanity in the clothes. a humanity that owes its soul to the talents of christopher bailey.