Can Christopher Bailey keep up the momentum that he has built up over the past seasons? A resounding 'yes' echoed from fashionistas all over the world when Burberry unveiled their latest offering. With a FROW scattered with some of the world's most stylish people (sadly no Emma Watson) were treated to a collection that moved away from rock and roll chic towards a very British take on Balenciaga’s 1960’s structures.
As Jourdan Dunn and Arizona Muse sauntered down the runway with their liquorice-stick legs, it was clear that Autumn Winter 2011 was going to be all about colour and outerwear. Although still a strong emphasis on the trench, jackets, coats and capes were given a touch of mink, cropped and sculptured within an inch of their life. But Bailey’s creative range was not simply felt within form - the rainbow colour palate ranged from striking ‘tangerine’ and ‘peacock blue’ to a less formidable ‘black’ and ‘camel’. Even though block colours where often used, prints came through in lumberjack and the timeless Burberry check. To contrast the bold winter warmers, legs were kept minimal, with classic cut trousers being their only embellishment, and the frilly flowing skirts of seasons past long gone.
Along with statement outerwear, accessories played a part in the collection. Bailey certainly knows what the customer wants; youthful sky high boots gave the models endless legs, and sophisticated, oversized, monochrome clutches clung to their arms. But a go to next season will be the structured cross body (or clutch as it was styled in the show), which is already available to pre-order on the Burberry website.
After the evocative soundtrack of Dusty Springfield, Adele and Roger Daltry had blared out, and the flat capped models had walked past, a snow shower fell upon the catwalk and the models emerged protected from the elements in uniformed translucent capes. The Burberry girl has never looked as timelessly chic as this latest reincarnation of her.
Autumn Winter 2011 is a refreshing new direction for Burberry, and certainly one that will be featured in the wardrobes of the best dressed.
- Sarah Vanstone
Congratulations to Sarah who is the winner of our YOU, The FROWer competition.