It’s probably going to come as no surprise to you that I’m a bit of a Burberry boy at heart. There’s nothing like a Burberry show to get me quite so excited. This year Christopher Bailey and the team made the move to give Twitter the exclusive all runway looks, before the models had sashayed past the editors a photo had been posted of their look live on the site to millions of followers. Of course it’s still not one up on the Wintour who no doubt saw the collection in its entirety the minute her feet touched British soil. It’s an interesting move from the brand, after truly pioneering the Live Streaming of Fashion Week where else could they actually go but give the at home viewer the exclusive?
The collection it’s self is exactly what I was expecting – not as bad of a thing as it sounds by any means. The tribal and African influences in the Prorsum Resort collection made it my favourite of the bunch and so I’m more than thrilled to see it continue here into the Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The prints here have a very distinct African edge and the colours follow suit. It seems a little Autumnal at times but when you start to put it back into its African context it starts to make Summer sense.
The outerwear is as spectacular as always and this season’s lightweight parka style coats and jackets are a welcome break from the leather Bailey’s been focusing on for quite a few seasons now. The slimline printed trench coats are gone before they even hit the stores. Whilst there’s no metallics here as we’ve seen in a lot of other shows this season, we do see a sportswear sheen to a lot of pieces. The woven sleeve nylon parka is a real stand out piece. As usual we see the waist being pretty key for the Burberry girl, drawing in the exaggerated volume of the jackets, and emphasising the streamlined proportions of a few of the more body conscious looks.
The colour tones and prints we see here are going to be a huge player in what arrives into high street stores next summer for sure. Those rich burgundy tones teamed with yellow ocres, and through to that striking shade of blue we’ve seen appearing a fair bit.
It was metallic confetti that Bailey decided to have fall from the roof this time, flooding the colosal venue with shimmer rain and continue his foray into the world of things falling from the sky onto models. I can’t wait to see how this collection gets used editorially next season, those African inspired prints are just screaming out for a double page spread.