No, Christopher Bailey hasn't started his own rock band (yet). But the multi-talented Burberry Chief Creative Officer - whose impeccable good taste and sense of cool extends to choosing everything from the floral arrangements (eucalyptus leaves) at the superbrand's head office, to designing the Burberry carrier bags - is now curating a compilation album entitled "The Collection For London Fashion Week Volume One: Burberry Acoustic".
And as the album's title suggests - this will be the first in a series, with a new compilation volume released every season, each curated by "a different fashion luminary". The album is the brainchild of a new coalition between the British Fashion Council and Sony music, aimed at celebrating "the creative relationship between fashion and music".
And if Bailey doesn't seem like an obvious choice, let us tell you, Grazia Daily was totally besotted with the soundtrack he had chosen for the Burberry A/W '10 show - with the dreamy strains of Midge Ure's No Regrets and OMD's Joan of Arc filling the space as all those aviator jacket-clad models stomped down the catwalk. We left on a high with that feeling of great, long-forgotten tracks, rediscovered. Sure enough, both those tracks are on the Burberry album, alongside tracks by David Bowie, The Housemartins, The Boomtown Rats, The Animals, Carter USM - and much, much, more (ahem). Bailey has even designed the artwork for the CD (yes, an actual disc), which includes "a lavish hardback book... and stunning Burberry photography...[that] will appeal to fans of the brand and the bands."
Burberry recently launched Burberry Acoustic, a project focused on helping develope emerging British music talent, and a number of tracks exclusive to Burberry Acoustic appear on Bailey's album from emerging British artists like Romana, One Night only, Good Shoes, and Life in Film.
The Collection For London Fashion Week Volume One: Burberry Acoustic will be released on Monday, September 20th, from fashion stores Browns, Cruise, Matches and START, and will also be available from iTunes, and will cost £7.99 on iTunes, approx £9.99 in store.