Burberry Prorsum: The English Rose at London Fashion Week
Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevigne were reunited on the catwalk this afternoon for the Burberry Prorsum SS14 show, which for many encapsulated everything that London Fashion Week stand for. As hoards celebrities and fashions finest made their way to the highly-anticapted event (Harry Styles, Alexa Chung and Burberry model Sienna Miller all took seats on the front row) we waited with baited breath to see what Chief Creative Director Christopher Bailey had in store for us next season.
The message was simple: fresh, soft and feminine. Entitled 'English Rose', the collection opened with pretty cashmere cardigans, which covered delicately crafted lace pencil skirts (equally pretty, although not something you might wear to your Grandparents for Sunday brunch). Even the most understated pieces held attention with details - like the open back sweater which was tied in a bow, or the cardgianesque caban coats with oversized pockets - but it was the pastel separates that set the standard.
Soft hues of pink, lilac, cornflower blue and mint dominated in a variety of forms, with favourites including a suede caban featuring a cutaway neckline, which was pulled in at the waist with a floral gem encrusted belt and finished off with delicate lilac sandals and a rolled yellow petal clutch. Turning pastel shades into something all together more luxurious is a tricky feat for any designer, but Bailey is unlike anyone else. Offsetting the sugary sweet colour palette with vidid touches (a pair of emerald green heels here, a fuchsia coat embellished with intricate gemstones there) proved to be a stroke of styling genius.
Coats and jackets featured heavily despite this being a Spring/Summer collection, and, in-keeping with the heritage behind Burberry, each one was meticulously made. For AW13, the classic trench was given a metallic makeover - this season, it appeared crafted from intricate English cotton lace, constructed on vintage machines using traditional paper and dot techniques.
For the grand finale, the giant hand-applied crystals we'd seen across belts and knitwear came into their own, covering skirts, trenches and ultimately Cara Delevingne's transparent vinyl jacket, which closed the show and marked the audience being showered with a gentle rain of rose petals. Perfection.