24 February 2010

LFW AW10 Report - Burberry Prorsum

As we drew up outside the Burberry show yesterday afternoon, it was raining torrentially, so Burberry had thoughtfully provided an army of black-clad men brandishing Burberry umbrellas to escort guests up the red carpet (which was actually a much chicer grey colour) and into the venue. Once inside, the weather theme continued with a soundtrack of pouring rain. Could Christopher Bailey have ordered the weather to fit with his theme?  We wouldn’t be surprised.  
 
We are used to Burberry providing a seriously A-list FROW and they didn’t disappoint with Kate Hudson, Claire Danes, Mary-Kate Olsen, Olivia Palermo, Kristen Stewart, Samantha Cameron, and Mia Wasikowska – star of the new Alice in Wonderland film - all providing the paps with front page fodder.
 
The collection, Burberry’s best for seasons, was heavily focused on outerwear.  Without doubt the aviator jacket will be the jacket to be seen in come the Autumn (in fact, I want one now!). Bailey showed many variations on this theme – leather, sheepskin, shrunken, yellow, mostly over wispy lace dresses in shades of moss and bark.  Coats took a military theme with gold buttons flashing from epaulettes and cuffs.  The colour palette spanned mustard yellow to raspberry pink via poison green and khaki and looked fresh and cool.
 
With this collection, Christopher Bailey served up what he does best - desirable, wearable and cool clothes. In fact looking back over my notes to write this review, there were more than a few asterisks next to my sketches – my personal shopping list. Unfortunately my budget won’t stretch to 2 jackets 3 coats, a cocktail dress and a couple of pairs of boots! For those who don’t want to risk missing out on getting their hands on this collection, 18 of the coats and jackets and 33 bags are available for pre-order on the Burberry website today.
 
What we loved

The combination of delicate, barely-there lace dresses and tough flight jackets, looked so right for now.

Possibly the most perfect peacoat ever, worn by Janeil.

The boots deserve a big-up.  They came in three equally fabulous styles; knicker skimming and sleek; knee length sheepskin with multiple straps or ankle length sheepskin lined.  

The skinny slouchy pants – relaxed and sexy.

- Siobhan Mallen


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