For all those expecting a typically British spring in 2010 – that is, capriciously sodden and grey, with the occasional glimmer of sunshine – there is some consolation in the form of the new Burberry Brit collection. This everyday offshoot of the classic British brand, conceived as “the disheveled, elegant casual expression of the Burberry guy and girl,” according to Burberry’s creative director Christopher Bailey, features an attractive range of long macs and trenches in rich shades of acidic yellow and deep blue. Alongside these bright reworkings of classic Burberry silhouettes – which should provide all the rain-proof stylings a body could wish for – the Burberry check has defiantly returned for Brit’s spring 2010 offering, reimagined in navy and red colourways. Meanwhile in denims, stonewashed cotton and faded pastels bring to mind the colours of a washed-out countryside, creating a beautifully muted palette that softly harmonizes with crumpled materials such as vintage military canvas and memory-finish nylon. Shirts are cut slim and close to the body, while tees feature loose scoop necks and knitwear is worn as outerwear. It’s a loose, casual look, that, thankfully, admits that the UK is no Copacabana and that we’ll need something appropriate to wear during those April showers.