May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: Burberry’s Autumn/Winter collection opened to a live performance from Clare Maguire singing “Will you love me tomorrow” – the title so apt! There was not one piece in this lineup that one would not love today! Christopher Bailey said “ It started with the idea of folk art and craftsmanship – and people who learn to do things with their hands” – there was a free spirit to this collection, exquisitely crafted and executed with a feeling of renewed ‘haute hippy’ romance. Long suede capes with cascading fringes swished around the ankles of high heeled boots, and swayed on bucket bags and trenchcoats. The high-waisted ‘Gypset’ mid-calf dresses floating around mid-calf were gorgeous, whether executed in print or intricately worked with mirrored embroidery – not to mention the micro-quilting on the paisley and floral printed coats, trenches and dresses from the traditional quilting techniques of Durham. As for the never ending boots in patched coloured suede, it also appeared on whipstitched trenches and ponchos while the round sleeved red coloured jacket and indigo shearling cape will surely become heritage pieces. This beautiful, truly Bohemian collection, continued to unfurl while Maguire sang the heartfelt “My sweet Lord” – was it then that every member of the audience swooned to join in this magical fest?.- Lizzy Bowring
Theme: Patchwork, Pattern and Print in Bohemia
Key Items: Ponchos / Capes / Trench coats / Cabans / Topcoats / Tailored outerwear / Long high-waist dresses / Short A-line dresses / Fringed outerwear
Colour: Indigo / Red / Burgundy / Teal / Ochre
Materials and Trims: English fringed suede / English lace / Mirrored textiles/ Whipstitched suede
Print and Pattern: Paisley and floral bohemian prints inspired by Durham quilts / Patchwork prints / Animal and camouflage printed lace
Accessories and Footwear: Durham Quilts / Burberry Bucket bag / Clutches / Cashmere Ponchos / Checked cashmere scarf / Ponytail boot in suede fringing / Patchworked thigh-high boot
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