Burberry Prorsum

London: Christopher Bailey’s tenure at Burberry has seen the brand go from buzz-challenged British-heritage label to international industry big-hitter, spinning it’s aesthetic into lucrative fragrance and diffusion line categories along the way. Bailey re-crafted Burberry’s formerly stodgy image as a desirable and contemporary mixture of London cool meets flirtatious femininity. For F/W 12 he has revisited some of the elements from previous collections that have (under his direction) brought Burberry consistent success. A bow-belt that Bailey tested in pre-fall, autumnal rugby stripes similar to those from F/W 05, and centrally embellished tees evolving those shown for S/S 12 all worked to craft a retrospective “best of” narrative. This season’s statement trench returned to the house’s classic light-sand khaki, but veered unique via a golden hem of variegated stripes. -Kibwe Chase-Marshall

Silhouette: Layered / Tailored / Straight / Egg / A-line / Belted

Color: Heather grey / Pale pink / Charcoal / Burgundy / Milk chocolate / Olive / Navy / Russian blue / Bottle green / Optic white / Sand / Marigold / Deep plum / Jade / Brass / Emerald / Cobalt

Key Items: Cascading-teir pencil skirt / Tailored field jacket / Structured trenchcoat / Nipped-waist blazer / Bishop sleeve blouse / Oversized graphic t-shirt / Striped dirndl skirt / Cropped cardigan / Fitted princess coat

Materials: Donegal tweed coating / Corduroy / Washed organza / Shearling / Yarn-dyed check suiting / Cotton poplin / Cotton Velvet / Cashmere felt / Tartan-check coating / Iridescent silk Faille / Stretch wool crepe

Print + Pattern: Rugby stripe / Tartan / Herringbone / Floral wallpaper

Details + Trim: Bellows pocket / Patch pocket / Peplum / Puff sleeve / Cascading ruffle / Tiered tinsel-fringe / Bead-embellished embroidered / Pleating / Applique / Quilting / Velvet binding / Fur trim / Statement zipper / Oversized button

Accessories + Footwear: Oxford “wallaby” bootie / Bow-belt / Chord belt / Rugby stripe umbrella / Semi-sheer hosiery / Newsboy cap / Supple weekend bag / Oversized clutch / Duffel shaped handbag / Sunglasses / Leather glove


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