Burberry Prorsum Autumn Winter 2013: Animal Love

18 February 2013 by

Animal love was the story at Burberry Prorsum, London Fashion Week's biggest and most well-attended show. Leopard, zebra and giraffe prints were stamped onto sweaters, bags, wedgette heeled shoes and ponyskin coats, in the case of the latter sometimes all in one exit. Then there was the love part of the equation: hearts printed again or scaled up in polished brass at the shoulder of a dress. They were worn on the sleeve, then, quite literally.

This was an extremely sleek and focussed show and one that took the references to fetish that have been seen elsewhere (Jonathan Saunders, Erdem and Vivienne Westwood, of course, looked at that) to rather more upscale heights.

The iconic trench coat was naughtier than might naturally be expected cut in latex: it was brilliant in plum. More rubber - this time a pencil skirt - was layered over big knickers (another London Fashion Week trend).

Where in the past this is a label that has allied itself to a coolly dishevelled school of London girl glamour, this time around ultra-luxe mimalism was the over-riding story. Perfectly neat Sixties line coats and more trenches were finished with bands of gleaming metal at the shoulders and cuffs; strapless cocktail dresses were super-slim and fitted to every contour.

Add to the mix straight, glossed hair, immaculate no make-up make-up and a colour palette restricted to black, white, camel and many gorgeous shades of red and a slightly rude but super-slick rich bitch sprang to mind.


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