Burberry's trench kisses for LFW
As the countdown to the Burberry show began this afternoon, we found ourselves (and half the office) gathered around to watch the live streaming of one of the most highly anticipated shows to take place at London Fashion Week. We waited patiently as the A Listers took their places on the FROW (Anna Wintour, Rita Ora and Kate Beckinsale were all there, alongside the beautiful Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Burberry fan boy Tinie Tempah) and mulled over the "trench kisses" images that covered the Burberry Twitter feed.
The show opened with an acoustic rendition of "I can't see me lovin' nobody but you for all my life", and it soon became clear that there was only one product those words were meant for - the trench. The classic coat played a huge part in the collection this season, and although there were no definitive 'wow' moments (like last seasons quilted coats and glittering rain) every trench was tailored to perfection - this was Burberry doing what it does best. Despite the classic silhouette, fashion magician/Chief Creative Director Christopher Bailey ensured each coat in the collection was as innovative the coverage. Materials varied from velvet finished rubber and printed mink, to neoprene bonded cashmere and laminated leather.
Tan and caramel hues lead the way, with Cara Delevingne walking in heart print underwear worn under a sheer pencil skirt and teamed with a leopard print t-shirt. Cara was shortly followed by Jourdan Dunn in a cherry coloured heart print midi dress and then Karlie Kloss, who worked the same merichino heart covered blouse with a leather skirt. The leather trenches came next - paving the way for a red snakeskin cropped jacket, a pencil skirt covered in scales paired with a peach rubber top - then a heart embellished trench (nestled in between calf and leopard print) made all the girls in the office sigh in adoration.
Leather fringing combined with gold punched eyelets shouldn't have worked, and yet, there they were, looking sleek and fashion forward on a pencil skirt, an oversized clutch held under the arm, and eventually on the skirt of a black trench too. Burst of bold reds were simply divine, but nothing could compare to the apperance of Jourdan in a soft suede caban embellished with gold animal markings riveted to the fabric.
In the final act, animal prints made way for thick, silky stripes in red and navy - black and white midi dresses were like sophisticated second skin. Polished metal belts appeared on the waists of more red dresses and patent finished trenches (we told you there were a lot!) and a translucent rubber caban made subtle references to its heritage with crafted with metal epaulettes. Ended with chic black calf trench, the models took their final turn on the catwalk and were played out by Tom Odell and a choir - all wearing black trenches. obviously.
As usual, Burberry are ahead of the curve when it comes to their digital presence, which means you can now buy pieces from the runway right now on their website - they'll even personalise your purchase with a bespoke name plate. Prices range from £1,195 to an eye watering £22,000...
Watch the full show below!