Burberry Prorsum surprised with a rather wintery Spring / Summer 2012 collection shown in Hyde Park at London Fashion Week. It was beautiful nevertheless.
Handcrafted was the topic and it showed throughout the collection on items such as the whipstich bags, large tote bags, oversize clutch bags, small clutch bags, metal framed sling bags. Croco appeared next to raffia and crepe de coco to create an elaborated tension.
Designer Christopher Bailey introduced a new, high-waisted silhouette, playful, feminine and romantic at the same time. It seems as if he was thinking about beauty and holidays, continuing the feel of the Burberry Prorsum Spring / Summer 2012 Menswear collection. No one should ever say Burberry can only do trench.
Handcrafted beaded and knitted crotchet collars, artisan raffia collars, wooden geometric applications, hand draped gathered silk organza and woven nappa leather strings showed attention to detail and some couture elements.
In terms of accessories, apart from the bags, it was mostly about sandals: There were woven wedge sandals, woven platform sandals, beaded platform sandals, woven wedge peep toe boots, crochet wedge peep toe pumps, pompom raffia caps, corset belts, waist belts and beautiful and fun hand stitched leather cord sunglasses.
The collection was given a retro feel through the colouring with shades in orange ocre, beetroot, chrome yellow, sapphire blue, chocolate, and turmenic underlined with music such as ‘I Put a Spell On You’ by Jeff Beck featuring Joss Stone, ‘My sweet Lord’ by George Harrison and ‘Everlasting Love’ by U2.
The finale this time didn’t feature snowflakes but an explosion of bright, colourful, shiny paper chips while Kill it Kid sung ‘Taste The Rain’. An exotic burberryesque dream.
Here some front row pictures for all you VIP lovers.