Before the start of this season’s Burberry show Christopher Bailey transported his audience to a scene of London by night, with a skyline silhouette of the capital complete with migrating birds and billowing flags at the head of the catwalk. As the first model stepped out on the runway, blinds along each side of the vast venue were slowly lowered to let in the blazing natural light. This was a perfect ploy to capture that summertime mood, zapping us into the mind-zone of the holiday season.
So how shall we be dressing come Spring 2013? Well if Christopher Bailey’s got anything to do with it, you’ll definitely be working a cape. In a multitude of colours – our favourites were in jewel tones of magenta and ruby – and shapes – full cape, cropped cape, capelet and even a bomber jacket/cape combo – there was a crusader look for every occasion.
Also new on the menu were Christobel Balenciaga inspired cocoon coats with leg o'mutton sleeves and Watteau backs, foiled prints seen across shirts and skirts and punched leather trenches fashioned to ressemble crochet. Also worth noting were the super cool coloured PVC mini Doctor's bags and silver wedges - some of the best accessories we've seen from Burberry for several seasons.
Elsewhere, the use of the colour was particularly bold – we saw ombre effects with turquoise fading to azure and fuchsia seguing into scarlet in outerwear, while emerald green also featured strongly. There was also an iridescent story to close the collection which featured kingfisher plumage and peacock feather shades of blue and green. Making the strongest statement was the finale sequence in which the full line-up of models were clad in metallic signature raincaots in a colour spectrum from teal to pistachio. If there’s one thing you can say about Christopher Bailey it's that he’s a man who knows how to put on a show!