It was a snowy affair at Burberry this afternoon as Christopher Bailey presented arguably his best collection yet for the fashion house with what he was dubbing the ‘Jean Shrimpton Collection’. With such an international following the brand is perpetually bound up with big names and striking yet classic collections season by season. Central to its latest offering was a vast display of structured wool coats, trenches and cropped capes that featured oversized lapels, exaggerated gun flaps and rain shields as well as impeccable leather pipe detailing. Bright plaids in wool with big bell sleeves were ever present and fur came in many guises most noticeably in sculptural forms combining tight leather sleeves with huge fur trims and epaulettes.
A prominent piece was the unique white, wool silk trench with cable knit finish. Cable knit was seen on jumpers with short fur sleeves and in cashmere panels on an exquisite mink jacket belted with a thin, black thong. It was a tremendously polished look in its form of sumptuous textile but nonetheless provided an edge of irony – hair was unkempt; tucked into garments much like that of a mere civilian day-to-day and its close saw models not in their 60s sky scraper creepers but instead in the truly British wellington boot! In the same vein, as flakes of white powder overwhelmed the runway, incredibly cute see-through mini trenches with black piping were the order of the day for a truly iconic finale.
Iconic faces featured highly at this inevitably star-studded show – Anna Wintour was closely guarded, also papped were Kate Bosworth, Ellie Golding and Lily Donaldson to name but a few. They were all out in force supporting Burberry and rightly so, after such a successful run there Bailey has set a precedent for consistently fabulous collections. With young Brit Jourdan Dunn opening and closing the wintery wonderland, a real sense of British fashion being at the forefront of current creativity as well as acknowledging the iconic figure of a bygone era, in the form of swinging sixties icon Jean Shrimpton, was overwhelming. Overall, it was an astoundingly cool collection of both British heritage and modernity, championing fine detail on beautiful garments. It’s ability to remain such a distinct vision of timelessness places Burberry right up there and surely Christopher Bailey as it’s proud overseer. We all know what we’ll be coveting come snow season.
By Sophie Woods