Burberry is and always has been one of the top designer houses in the world, conveniently located in the region of Great Britain and enjoying global acclaim. We can easily see how the label has grown over the decades, blossoming into a rather unexpectedly lovely sort with collections meant to really turn up the heat. In this year’s Burberry fall/winter 2016-2017 London Fashion Week show though, the ready-to-wear pieces featured looked to be rather far from the original Burberry designs and surprisingly so. They normally keep religiously to their classics, while adding onto the designs. The greens and the blues seem to play the biggest part in this new set of outfits that are the creations of a newly revamped mind.
Burberry seems to be launching instant catwalk sales that are very much in line with what ready-to-wear should stand for, catering to an audience who wants these pieces now and is not willing to wait half a year only to be able to don them on. Since there have been live streams for quite some years now, it makes no sense to keep the clothing for a later date, doing better for the fashion industry if the outfits become available as soon as they are walked down that runway by those darling models.
As soon as the world of social media got involved, it became imperative to be able to cater to the masses. The runway made to order scheme has been available from Burberry for a few years now, meaning anyone who is watching could ask for it and it would be delivered within 8-10 weeks. That is 2 months and over, which definitely cuts down the time spent waiting for it to appear in stores, but still a long way off from the show itself.
Burberry’s fall 2016 show was a rather amusing one in terms of its layout and features as well. It was long and winding, leading the models around benches of bloggers, celebrities and fashion enthusiasts, while there was also a live performance to be heard during the show itself, sung solo throughout by musician Jake Bugg. The cluster of seats were pulled together to create a custom show space in Kensington gardens, the front row of which would be filled with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Mario Testino and Suki Waterhouse.
It was a polished, rather high shine collection that we were given here, a medley of creative director Christopher Bailey’s passions, something that incorporated glam rock to the tee. The materials used relied heavily on lame, Lurex and real metal yarns to give the ladies rather insect-like silhouettes that were quite iridescent to the naked eye.
We loved the opening with the patterned mini dress, the navy duster coat thrown on top and knit tight for extra coverage. Outerwear played a huge role in the collection, with traditional checks, oversized shearling coats and several pieces that featured snakeskin sent out onto the runway. And then, of course, there was the introduction of the new bag of the season, the Patchwork, a petite shoulder bag with an oversized buckle in front.
Photos courtesy of Vogue