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SEVEN WONDERS: BURBERRY

Exploring the Henry Moore inspired February 2017 collection.

Entwined with Burberry’s history and iconic status in British fashion is an intimate relationship with the arts. Whether that’s supporting burgeoning newcomers or drawing on classic references to create fresh, inimitable collections, the label has long shaped the way we dress, what we listen to and who’s on our radar.

Pictured here, the Burberry February 2017 collection is the brand’s second see-now-buy-now line and is available now, incidentally. Inspired by the work and creative process of British sculptor Henry Moore, the collection is an ode to Britain’s artistic history and yet another example of Burberry’s unfaltering ability to shape movements into contemporary, relevant works.

Wonderland hand selected seven of our country’s creatives across music, fashion and film to present this latest collection, from new kid on the catwalk, Lennon Gallagher, to established actors, Julian Morris and Amber Anderson.

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Lennon Gallagher

“Four-year-old Lennon really had his aspirations set high,” laughs the 17-year-old model. This is his first ever interview and while he professes to still getting nervous in front of the camera, his unbounded charm makes up for it, alluding to experience beyond his years. Residing in West Hampstead all of his life, the London boy is son of rock and roll royalty, Liam Gallagher, and once pop star turned screen star, Patsy Kensit. He’s an eerily perfect split of the two, with the Gallagher brows and Kensit’s angelically warm face.

His step-sister’s mother, Chrissie Hynde has tried to teach him how to play guitar plenty of times, but Gallagher junior is more interested in following mum’s path. “I eventually want to go into acting,” he tells me, although his college (which he’s bunking off from today, don’t tell them) doesn’t actually offer drama. Useful. “I’ve done a few acting courses,” he reassures me. What’s his dream role? “I could suit Kill Bill.” He pauses and dryly adds: “The Bride from Kill Bill, obviously.”

Until he gets the call from Tarantino, Gallagher is navigating runways in the meantime, making his fashion week debut with Topman Design’s acid house inspired collection for AW17. “I was shitting bricks beforehand,” he admits, wide-eyed. “But I met some amazing models who were working there and they made a comfortable environment.”

As for his own style, Gallagher’s fairly certain he’s committed every fashion faux-pas imaginable in his time, though when he says he takes double denim as far as “denim underwear, denim socks, denim scarf”, I think he might be having me on.

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Anders Hayward

“I did modelling for a while and I loved it,” says Hayward, with a beaming smile that stretches across his whole face. “Now I’m getting into acting… I’ve just come back from a four month long shoot in Asia which was insane, for a show called Foreign Bodies that’s coming out in the fall.” Though he’s barely even completed his first major job since being signed with an acting agent, Hayward’s already branching out into direction.

“I’m making a short film with a bunch of my friends,” he tells me. “It’s about these two friends, it’s all set in the back of this girl’s mind and it’s about the best friend she lost as a kid, they’ve kind of grown up together but she’s represented him in her mind. It’s dealing with that loss of the person because it’s now warped into something different because she hasn’t let it go.”

The three minute short centres on Hayward’s talents as a dancer and choreographer, a skill he trained in at school. Acting was a natural progression, “All of my dance work was always character based, it always revolved around the character and involved the character’s decision,” he explains. “I decided that I would love to get into acting, it was always just another layer of getting into a character.”

Growing up dreaming of becoming Billy Elliot, Hayward might be a little too old at 22 to play the title role but he’s well on his way to follow in the less flamboyant footsteps of his thespian heroes, James McAvoy and Ed Harris.

“Don’t be afraid to fail,” is Hayward’s parting advice for anyone wanting to match his career moves. “Just go with what your instincts tell you for sure and really hone your craft. Now that I’m an actor, that’s all that I really want to do, right now, this second, just act and be the best actor that I can be.”

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Antonia Thomas

“I knew from early teens that I wanted to perform in some way,” 30-year-old actor Thomas tells me. “So I did drama school and then upon leaving I got a job in a TV show called Misfits.” She’s polite enough to assume I might have never seen the show, but I was brought up on E4’s supernatural drama, a punchy mix of comedy and thriller that most millennials, like me, would have once been hooked on. “That got the ball rolling,” she says humbly.

Since her explosive breakout, she’s more recently starred in Netflix’s addictive rom-com Lovesick, and is next set to appear in We Are Family, a Channel 4 pilot in the works by Will Smith, the name behind political satire, The Thick of It. Quietly though, when she’s not in front of the camera, Thomas herself has been writing.

“I’m quite into period drama stuff,” she explains, rather reluctant to tell me any more. “It’s not something that I’m talking about yet but I’m into diversity within period drama. One of the stories that I’m focusing on — very British stories — one might be based in Wales. That’s as much as I can tell anyone!”

“You know Very British Problems?” she asks me, giggling about an app that lists all the stereotypical and painfully true qualities of your textbook Brit, “I relate to everything on that…” Consider her qualified to tell the tale of British minorities then. Watch this space.

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Amber Anderson

A girl after my own heart, the 24-year-old actor was born in Glastonbury, grew up near Inverness and moved to London when she was 17, “I’m an adopted Londoner,” she smiles. “Not a full Londoner!”

I’m green with envy that Anderson’s gateway into modelling and consequently acting, was through Sugar magazine, a bible about lipgloss and pop heartthrobs for tween girls. “Sugar did this modelling competition every year with Rimmel and ICM models. People had said to me that they thought I was tall and I had good skin. I was very tomboyish and very socially awkward… I did not think that… It took a bit of persuading! I went down [to London] and entered this competition just for fun, because you got £50 worth of free make up when you entered — which was a big deal — and I got scouted!”

Some guidance from none other than Erin O’Connor undoubtedly helped Anderson on her way. “I’ve known her since I was really young and we became friends,” she says, making me more jealous by the minute. “She was a real mentor and gave me a lot of great advice about how to not only just do a job, but find your identity within it and carve your life through it.”

Anderson cemented her space at the forefront of fashion with her first Burberry campaign for AW11, shot by Mario Testino. “It raises your profile in such a special way,” she explains of her appearance alongside Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell and Jourdan Dunn. For acting, her slot in the spotlight came following her appearance in Charlie Brooker’s captivatingly prophetic Black Mirror and alongside Rowan Atkinson in Maigret’s Dead Man, screened on Christmas Day, 2016.

As the television film aired, Anderson was finishing up her latest project for HBO and the BBC, an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s post-Potter trilogy, The Strike Series. “I play one of the characters in the first book,” she says secretively of the show set to drop in the autumn, telling me she’ll share the screen with Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke.

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Hermione Corfield

As soon as we begin to chat, Corfield and I fangirl over Judi Dench and Meryl Streep. She calls them the “golden women”. Though she’s still waiting in line to call Streep a colleague, she’s begun seeking out her advice elsewhere.

“I went to a costume show in LA,” Corfield begins. “They also had interviews with the actors and they had an interview with Meryl Streep. She was talking about how you don’t look at a character and go, ‘I’m going to be a completely different person.’ You look at a character and you go, ‘How am I similar to this person?’ You take those elements and you focus on them. That’s really great advice, you can’t become a completely new person, you’ve got to relate to some aspect.”

You might have first seen the 23-year-old actor flex her skills in Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation but it was her role as hotel receptionist, Emma Garland in this year’s period drama, The Halcyon for ITV that kept the casting calls rolling in. “I’d say The Halcyon was probably my break,” she enthuses. “It was eight hours so it had a proper arc.”

As a little girl, Corfield tells me she used to cry when Madonna was on Top of the Pops, because she’d then inevitably realise that she, herself, was not Madonna. She’s always been a fan of strong women and will join the legion of leading ladies in her next role. Starring in Rust Creek, Jen McGowan’s latest independent film, Corfield plays Sawyer, “a college girl who’s driving to DC and gets into trouble along the way,” she outlines enticingly. “It’s a thriller!”

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Julian Morris

The actor was born in a Crouch End flat but the sunny shores of LA have been home, sort of, since the age of 19. He lives “out of a suitcase most of the time” residing stateside for work. “I’ve fallen in love with the city,” he gushes. “I think it’s transformed while I’ve been there. It’s an incredible artistic base now.”

Morris has been back in London for a while when we catch up, shooting Man In An Orange Shirt with screen legend, Vanessa Redgrave, someone he’s “always appreciated and been inspired by”. “It’s a limited series for the BBC,” he explains. “A project which is hugely meaningful to me… It’s a love story at its heart, but also it looks at the way that we can shackle ourselves if we’re from a minority, in this case, my character’s a gay man. [The show looks at] how the shame of that, the isolation of growing up gay, can shackle us so we become our own oppressor, and that’s when I think oppression is at its most violent, when you yourself become your own jailer.”

In person, Morris is as intensely passionate as the roles he chooses. We veer, quite happily, onto politics at the end of every other sentence, something he’s vocal about on social media. “I so often think about what it means to be British,” he wonders aloud. “Our values of freedom, we can go out and be whoever we are. The fact that we can express ourselves in whatever way we want to… Those common values, those enlightened values, are what make me a British person and make me so proud to be British and also so proud to be European, and also connect us with our American brothers and sisters. Those values are fucking fantastic, we can’t lose them.”

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Betty Adewole

The Hackney-born 25-year-old model sings and raps to soul and hip hop but she’s starting to write her own music about “relationships, feelings, friends and going out.” Now, Adewole tells me she’s started branching out into electro, “I met a DJ at a club and we went into the studio and started recording.” She’d have Rihanna, Bill Withers and Bob Marley in her supergroup lineup, so that should shed some light on her eclectic music taste.

First scouted on Tottenham Court Road aged 15, Adewole has walked for every designer you’ve ever lusted after (Ashish, Jeremy Scott, Hood By Air, Givenchy, Kenzo, the list goes on… ) Her self-proclaimed “big break” into modelling was her appearance in Tom Ford’s SS14 Beauty campaign, skin glowing and feline eyes dominating. “He’s really nice,” she says of Ford with a grin. “He’s really sleek, smooth — he’s super smooth — really classy. Really charming.”

Adewole’s pretty charming herself, she speaks slowly with an air of consideration so you hang onto her every word. “A casting director told me to never complain and never explain when I first started out,” she explains.“ That’s kept me going on jobs and in life as well.”

“Be honest with yourself,” Adewole concludes. “Do what makes you happy, be confident in you, don’t change, just do you.”

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Photography
Sam Wilson
Menswear Stylist
Warren Leech
Womenswear Stylist
Toni-Blaze Ibekwe
Words
Lily Walker
Set Design
Alun Davies
Hair and grooming
Davide Barbrieri at Caren Agency using Bumble & Bumble
Make-up
Bea Sweet at LMC using Burberry Beauty
Nails
Jessica Thompson at Frank using Burberry Nail Polish
Hair Assistants
Caterina Maiolini, Massimo Facioli
Nail Assistants
Sophie Stocker and Erika Velasquez
Set Design Assistant
Charlie Speak
Thanks to
The White Rabbit Studio and Turning Point
SEVEN WONDERS: BURBERRY

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