The great David Bailey steps behind the camera again for Valentino.

Few photographers can claim quite the cult status of David Bailey, whose legendary career began as a chronicler of the Glitterati of Swinging London and has been the stuff of legend ever since. It takes a brand as storied as Valentino to create fashion worthy of his lens; and, sure enough, the label’s AW16 menswear campaign oozes the kind of monochrome chic that made Bailey famous.

You’ll probably remember that Valentino’s AW16 show drew from influences as diverse as Beats like Kerouac and Burroughs and musicians like John Lennon and Mick Jagger: it was all about making a trip outwards to look further inwards. The existentialism of black polo necks with the customised leather jackets of the roadtripper and the embellished outerwear of the wordly traveller were the order of the day for Creative Directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, last season. Here, with styling by Karl Templer, that spirit is distilled to great effect, making us covet those jackets more than ever: roll on AW16!