By the time you’re reading this, chances are you will have already clocked the Cara and Kate Show (my Instagram direct from the show) at Burberry Prorsum show. You’ll have listened to the trio of songs performed by James Bay. And, by dint of modern technology, you’ll have seen, via live stream, all 44 looks from the collection, and hell, perhaps even bought something, given that Burberry pioneered the opportunity to order live from the runway.
If any global brand works at the hyperspeed of today’s tech-driven world, it is Burberry, and chief creative officer Christopher Bailey has learned to tell his story of the season in a way that’s big and bold. For next spring, that story is this: Take something fragile and delicate (tiered dresses in what Bailey calls wing-pleat tulle, skirts covered in huge paillettes), worked with something utilitarian in origin if not in execution (nipped-waist denim jackets whose peplums might froth with feathers or shearling, trench coats painted with blown-up flora, and fauna illustrations taken from forties book-cover art). With this, Bailey offered up either his color-blocked sandal that’s a brilliant mash-up of a Birkenstock and a Teva, or pristine white sneakers, adding Burberry’s weight to the message that Everything Looks Better With Sneakers These Days.
Something vintage-y, something sporty, and something with a street vibe: It’s a way of dressing that’s as British as well, as British as the two superstar models that Bailey perched in the front row, and that covers the two decades that separates them, pioneered by Kate Moss in the nineties and taken up with a vengeance by Cara Delevingne today. Yet Bailey captured something else beyond that with this collection, something that started in New York City and was amplified and emphasized here: The turning away from all the über-athletic, ultra-graphic looks that have so defined fashion for the past few years, toward a vision of femininity that’s a little more graceful and gentle but no less powerful.
Discover the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2015 runway show at the end of this post!
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Photo Credit/Source: VOGUE
Phorography by Kevin Tachman & Yannis Vlamos(Indigitalimages)
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David Bailey took a moment to explain the title of the collection, 'The Bloomsbury Girls', which was inspired by the arty-crafty/literary cluster of people Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, and Virginia Woolf who inhabited the Bloombury quarter of London and Charleston house in East Sussex. “Basically, walls, furniture, fabric, anything that moved, they painted it!”