Super-slick, luxurious and with a front row as celeb-a-rific as the Oscars, Burberry Prorsum was once again the undisputed grand-finale of London Fashion Week. Streamed live for all to see, croc-skin and crochet was just a fraction of the things on offer, as the collection flitted beautifully between tribal cool and retro-chic, with full-bodied flowing dresses, wrap tied skirts and energetic prints. It was the exquisite attention to detail that defined the collection with colourful beads, intricately woven leather (most prevalent on the belts, bags and shoes) and adorable summer hats with baubles. Babelicious Brits Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Edie Campbell strutted effortlessly down the runway in woven leather wedges that look set to be a spring/summer sell-out, and the cork-sole, croc-skin brogues were a stand-out feature of the menswear.
Nonetheless, it was Bailey’s artful take on the parka that took centre stage, knocking the brand’s signature trench coat down a peg or two, and creating a key trend for next season. From beading and fur to stripes and leather sleeves, the jacket, once associated with east coast rappers and Kenny from South Park, is having its high fashion moment, and thanks to Christopher Bailey’s enduringly unique vision, quite a moment it is too.
Text: Rose Poole
Photography: Mitchell Sams