The CCO of Burberry, Christopher Bailey, who has been at the helm of the popular fashion house from London since 2001 states that Burberry fashion is extremely musical. Not only has Bailey developed into a very famous and well-known designer known in the international circuit, but he has also been associated with introducing British Indie music talents. Music has essentially been instrumental in his new collection and he believes that the strong connect between music and fashion lends it a powerful statement and adds the zing for making clothes come alive! The Pre-Fall 2012 Burberry collection is indeed classic in look with neutral and soothing hues and fitted waistlines - very stylish.
Burberry Pre Fall 2012 highlights
The highlights of the Burberry Pre Fall 2012 show were the cute bows on the dresses and trench coats, in place of the studs that Christopher Bailey so characteristically uses. The entire Burberry Prorsum collection is somewhat softer and more romantic, which is surprising as the Bailey is more into rock n' roll instead of the more romantic ballads! The entire collection was interesting and varied and you could see the variations from the cute Tootsie pop owl-screened pullovers to the militaristic silhouettes which are a trademark of the fashion house. The colors that were used was quite varied in terms of the darker and more opulent palette that was used as there was a mix of styles from snakeskin to color blocking, the collection gave a bite of all.
What clicks for the collection?
Christopher Bailey’s pre-fall Burberry collection is quite characteristic of the WW-II era of vintage fashion. The designer has used a dark palette that give the clothes a very sombre and austere look. Bailey has tried to bring out the true British vintage silhouettes and other details. A lot of tweed was used with the jackets having nipped waists and extended shoulders. Even the blouses had covered buttons, puff sleeves and bows - characteristic of that era. There was a mix of darker shades of charcoal, sage, lavender and pewter with gowns that had slit bodices!
The entire feel of the collection was rather aristocratic with well fitted coats, seamed waists. Among the more contemporary pieces were the popular military-styled bomber jackets, sweaters and narrow flares. Even the accessories were stylized on that era with box-like big bags. However the Men's Collection was a different affair as it was very modern in outlook with a lot of textures being used, bright loud colors used in coats, Parkas and jackets having raffia trimmings. There were printed shirts and pants in ikat designs - quite sensational!
What’s expected at the London Runway show in Feb?
The dynamic British fashion brand Burberry will unveil a variety of garments for the men's collection with a very polished look in terms of fitting and silhouette, making them perfectly tailored. There will be a wide range of accessories to complement the look such as gloves, scarves and jackets to choose from - having an essentially British vintage look. A variety of darker hues have been used such as mahogany, grey, pewter and so on. The waists are nipped and are adorned with bow belts. The bags are inspired by abstract prints and there will be a fine mix of color blocking and animal prints in the collection.
The StyleGuru verdict
The Burberry show was indeed a great celebration of fashion with a wide range of style that has been developed by using various handcrafts such as beading, crochet, printing, carving and so on. The entire tone of the collection was inspired by British fashion in the 30's and 40's with the characteristic detailing like raffia trim that was added on the to parka hood. The skirts fell below the knees that was suggestive of those times. The various prints that have been used in the collection were inspired by Henry Moore, a British artist with traces of Picasso and Afro art. The overall impact of the collection was stupendous and those parka coats were definitely a must-have!