Burberry Prorsum; What’s Going On?

Lambswool accents, hints of green and abstract floral patterns filled the Burberry tent in Hyde Park with a vision of spring, as models Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne perched in the front row to watch fellow Burberry girl Malaika Firth open the Spring/Summer show in a denim jacket with the tiniest of sheepskin peplums. Mario Testino was also there to see the English countryside bloom in the city, and James Bay serenaded the entire affair.

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The summertime feeling of freedom and fun emitted by the overall experience of the show was also the vibe that designer Christopher Bailey wished to evoke within his designs themselves. The general silhouette was almost quite casual, with jackets nipped in at the waist and separates pulled together by fabric ties, like a bouquet of flowers tied with a bow.

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These are clothes which are both gentle and powerful; graceful with a tough, contemporary edge. These are clothes for the modern age; tiered dresses which Bailey calls “wing-pleat” tulle, colour-blocked sandals, and of course the sneakers that we have seen over and over again throughout the last few seasons. These are clothes with a youthful energy; denim jackets and colourful, hand-screened coats which propel the collection into the modern city.

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Sheer panels and layers showed hints of skin and the shape of the body, sensually whispering  over the curves of the female form. Sheer and tiered tulle fell in an elegant fuzz around the models’ legs, often balanced by heavier jackets on the top half of the body.

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Wide-eyed and innocent, Bailey entitled this collection “The Birds and The Bees,” and with its bright colours and light, frothy pieces, his latest offerings do somehow capture that feeling of a new start; a summer just beginning.

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