May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Big, bold patterns characterized Christopher Bailey’s latest offering for Burberry Prorsum. Stripes, zig-zags, and chevrons made for a collection with plenty of graphic interest. The chevron-pattern coats and jackets in particular made one think of the work of artist and designer, Sonia Delaunay. Another influence was one that Bailey has touched on many times before – 60s Mod. This time, however, the references were subtle. Cloche hats, turtlenecks, and boxy jackets spoke of the era. Luxurious materials, including bonded leather, plush fur, haircalf, python, and pony skin elevated the already-elegant looks. Though the trench coats are always a highlight, the surprise standout this season were form-fitting dresses incorporating bustier elements, some of which featured seductive mesh panels and/or complex Fortuny pleats.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Hourglass / Top-heavy / Cylindrical
Color: Black / Camel / Cinnamon / Olive / White / Blackberry / Burgundy / Lipstick red / Navy
Key Items: Boxy chevron-pattern coats / Grommeted leather skirt / Zig-zag turtleneck / Snakeskin trench / Bustier dresses
Materials: Lacquered leather / Snakeskin / Plush fur / Pony skin / Haircalf / Heavy twill / Mesh / Felted wool / Lustrous satin
Print + Pattern: Stripes / Zig-zags / Chevrons / Giraffe print / Texture motifs / Uneven dots
Details + Trim: Bustier details / Piecing / Mesh panels / Fortuny pleats / Contrast trim / Grommets / Contrast lining / Trench details
Accessories + Footwear: Wool cloches / Boxy carryalls / Envelope clutches / Doctor bags / Skinny belts / Opaque tights / Wedge booties
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