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LONDON — Burberry offered an impressive menswear presentation Monday, featuring live music, international stars and a line-up of well-designed clothes and a bit of a twist.

At the fall-winter 2016 show, the catwalk crisscrossed the venue in meandering paths that met at the music stand in the middle, where played a sorrowful, heart-stopping live set.

Military coats, duffel coats and even re-issued trench coats and a variety of jackets were overlaid with casual polo shirts and track suits, which came in both matte and sequined versions. A lone long-haired grey fox fur coat made an almost dissonant note of unchecked extravagance until one noticed the military red track suit top underneath. The classic Burberry geometry made a discreet appearance on scarves and the outerwear.

The colors stayed on a cold-season spectrum of claret, grey, navy, ochre and black.

In honor of , whose death was announced earlier in the morning, some models sported the glittery makeup he once favored, while others had written "Bowie" across their open palms.

Guests included Oscar-winning director ; musicians , and Jack Garratt; and South Korean actor Lee Jong-suk.

Burberry CEO said he was seeking something different than a typical runway show.

"I wanted people to get closer to the clothes," he said about the unusual walkways. "I wanted the whole mood to be a little more gentle and a little bit more serene."

PHOTO: A model displays an outfit during the Men's Burberry Prorsum 2016 fashion show in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A model displays an outfit during the Men's Burberry Prorsum 2016 fashion show in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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