Always one of the most anticipated events of London Fashion Week, this year’s Burberry show saw the 250-year-old doors of Clerkenwell’s Old Sessions House open for the first time since its restoration. Keeping in line with Henry Moore’s artistic influence from last season, the new collection was exhibited alongside over 200 photographic works captured by Britain’s most influential social and documentary photographers as part of Here We Are, an exhibition curated by Lucy Kumara Moore, Alasdair McLellan, and none other than Christopher Bailey himself.
Pulling strands of influence straight from Here We Are, Bailey’s new collection performed as an eccentric homage to the varying demographics of British society, creating a patchwork collage of British style that has called on traditional threads of aristocracy as well as edgier strands incorporated from street style. Luxurious Fair Isle knits accompanied tartan suit trousers, Argyle socks were paired with stilettos, elegant tulle dresses emerged beneath anoraks, and a chequered baseball cap proved to be the star of a show that was dedicated to exploring the multifaceted nature of the British character.
Can you picture those plastic raincoats that you can buy from London souvenir shops for when it unexpectedly pours with rain? The type that you regrettably throw on despite feeling (and looking) like you’ve dressed in a translucent bin liner? Well luckily for you Bailey has given the plastic anorak a Burberry-esque upgrade for the collection’s front-running piece. Coming in pastel shades of pink, green, blue, and of course, the house cheque, the brand’s new take on the waterproof dazzled the catwalk from start to finish.