LFW S/S '12 Show Report: Burberry

20 September 2011

Think about it: it’s not so easy for a label that became famous for its coats, to deliver a summer collection full of fashion feeling. The Burberry show is a case in point. Drool-worthy winter collections are often followed with low key summer ones: not for want of ideas, but because it’s hard for the brain to absorb a familiar picture without the key elements. Kind of like a house without walls or a party without booze: it’s perfectly do-able. But it takes a critical adjustment.

Burberry tackled the challenge with a guitar heavy Jeff Beck sound track and by giving the trench a spin in central Africa. And you know what: it worked. Trims of raffia and kente cloth gave the classic army surplus parka a summer in the city quality. The classic trench was transformed with horizontal stripes of raffia weave.

Running colour themes stuck terracotta, sand, khaki,  earth and saffron colours. Burberry classics stayed close to the labels DNA in shape but referenced African textile and decoration for a hit of heat and sunshine.

Full linen skirts the colour of Tanzanian earth were cinched at the waist with belts beaded like those North African taxi driver’s seat covers.

Africa gathered momentum as a fashion theme in NY. At Burberry, fashion editors knew a trip to the Savannah was in the offing for sure.


- Paula Reed


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