There was a triumphant finish to London Fashion Week. Giles returned home, Jonathon Saunders was in print heaven and Clements Ribeiro was hippy - colours and print rather than waistlines of course. Then there was Burberry Prorsum. It was expected to be good if not great. Front row was said to be top heavy weight and tickets were like gold dust. Build up to this show was immense as it was being streamed live, as were many other shows, but this was going to stores around the world. Interviewers were catching the famous faces for their thoughts on Christopher Bailey's vision of this traditional house of the trench.
The lights went down and the 200 lights or so that made up the runway illuminated the glass like path. The girls (and boys) filtered in from both sides at varying points. The first couple of looks had eye popping coloured accessories, and slowly the progression became clear, Burberry was getting tough. The trenches were in leather and cropped. Same front look as a regular trench but elbows and panels ribbed as a biker. Paired with the leather pants the Burberry girl was rebelling, all cosy from the AW10 sherling aviator, what emerged was stripped back sexy.
The silk dresses, cut out at the back were layered with tough looking coats and sometimes leather trousers. Belts, in the multiple, reinforced the waistline. After tough came the real tough - studs. Lots of them and on python.
As Fabsugar says: "Christopher Bailey amazes with Burberry Prorsum's Spring '11, balancing neon-injected separates, sheers, and leather into a single, cohesive, cool collection. Each piece making its way down the runway has the feel of a must-have, trend-making piece â€” the silky neon shift could become a Spring closet staple, layered under a slick leather jacket or paired over leather pants. Meanwhile, classics are reinterpreted: the simple trench gets an update via studs, colored belts, animal print, and leather sleeves. Then he delivers metallics, curve-hugging pants, and intricately ruffled cocktail dresses â€” a line with so much luxurious texture, color, and delicate finish, but still focused. A result that speaks to the modern, super-sexy girl â€” with a serious wild side."
all images. source: style.com photographer: Yannis Vlamos
To re live the show click here . I have to say there were so many places showing this that if you inhabit, as Hilary Alexander calls it, Planet Fashion, your world will have stopped at 4pm and you could have been front row practically anywhere in the world. Then you can say you, Anna, Alex and Carine (Vogue editors, US,UK and French respectively) were shoulder to shoulder.
Burberry were allowing, as last season, for purchases to be made as soon as the models had arrived back from the finale. Whipped into a frenzy and not sure what to order.... well EVERYTHING please (if only I could). Congratulations Mr Bailey, once again.