Burberry Prorsum A/W 2012
If you look up Burberry in the dictionary, the definition states ‘refined, understated British luxury’. Well, actually it doesn’t, because Burberry isn’t in the dictionary. Yet. And when it is, that is what it will say.
Today, Burberry held their distinctly country-living themed show in the Kensington Garden tent and when I say show, I don’t mean the Lion King. I don’t mean pyrotechnic effects over house beats. I mean simple, sophisticated, luxury perfected.
Image via Burberry on Instagram
The colours were true British autumnal shades of aubergine, tan, burnt orange, mustard yellow, bottle green, chocolate brown. The fabrics were sumptuous and tactile. Velvet, tweed, wool, cashmere, mink, hand-applied malachite bead embroidery and corduroy were all put to use in a method only a true craftsman like Christopher Bailey would know how. Some serious hard work has gone into this collection, and not just the clothes. The show production, the garment production, the synchronised press and website online store…it’s truly amazing what can be done when you put your mind to it. And yes, I know this is only fashion, not world peace, but its definitely necessary to note this has all been achieved through military precision, organisation and management. How else could the Burberry brand be turned around in the way it has over the last few years.
The iconic trench coat marked the beginning of Burberrys heritage. It was first designed in 1914 when the War Office commissioned Burberry to adapt its officer’s coat to meet the requirements of modern warfare, resulting in the classic outerwear garment that is the trench coat. For Autumn/Winter, Burberry has taken the trench and spun it into something new. They presented it with a scrunched up leather belt featuring a bow as the clasp, or, if you fancy it, you could wear it the quirky way, with a Gold fox head as the closure. You can wear the coat long, or short or cropped. Basically, any which way you fancy it. Although Burberry have chopped up the trench, so it can be worn in a whole manner of ways, it still remains the core part of the collection.
Image via Garance Dore
My favourite parts of the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2012, apart from the fact they made it rain in a Godlike manner for the finale, just so they could demonstrate the class of their autumn brolly? (I talk like I was there. I wasn’t. I watched the live show online through Vogue UK- awesome!) The Owl t-shirt. The amazingly clever spiral peplum skirts. The studded gloves. And the cherry on the top was Cara Delevigne so perfectly wearing an aubergine quilted velvet cinched in, full-skirted coat. I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing this coat again and again and again….
Images via Burberry
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Kate Bosworth arriving at the Burberry Prorsum A/W 12 show at London Fashion Week wearing, of course, pieces from the new A/W collection. Images via The Mirror.
P.S. You can even buy Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection now, online, straight off the runway. It’s truly bananas. Click here if you dare…
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