Christopher Bailey remains fashion’s tour de force with a show to end all shows at Kensington Gore. Battling with the virtual elements in the tent, models with tweed caps, striped pencil skirts and cute cropped jackets belted with stretchy bows waltzed down the runway to Joni Mitchell (this show always has the best soundtrack to LFW).
Hemlines were just below the knee with ruffles up the front, teamed with striped t-shirts or alternatives with cute owl prints (we spotted Kate Bosworth in hers already). It felt like Burberry was going back to its roots for A/W 2012 — outerwear was key. Jackets and coats were cropped and, as elsewhere, the quilted bomber jacket was a main theme. The Burberry Prorsum version was a luxurious, gathered at the waist, some with big zips and others with oversized pockets. Compared to the last show, this felt more sophisticated and city girl goes to the country rather than the beads and embellishments of S/S 2012. There were the classic trenches of course, but Cara Delevigne shone in a quilted, almost regal burghundy version that ruffled into itself at the front. Simply breathtaking.
Dresses were demure, the floral print a simple, elegant statement — the feature of everything in the show was the waistline, perhaps a hint that the curve is finally back in fashion. Chunky knits that looked ridiculously opulent and comfy were forgiving while little herringbone jackets had a peplum at the waist.
When it was time for the final walk of the models, we all expected something spectacular but even this was unexpected. Bailey made it feel like it was raining outside with a little help from some well placed hoses and a soundtrack of thunder helped showcase next season’s umbrellas before the end of the show.