London Fashion Week: Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 15
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From complex-sounding fabrications such as printed honey gabardine, dégradé silk and suede, and wing-pleat tulle – often tied belted in a bow at the waist, there was butterfly printed satin, iridescent sequin paillettes aplenty, indigo denim cropped into jackets and glossy shell accents. All-in-all, Burberry Spring/Summer 15 is busy. As busy as a bee, you could say.
Funny that, as the collection is entitled 'The Birds and the Bees' – an old English saying that holds connotations to something quite different to wearing clothes, ironically. Especially the heavier end of the collection such as shorn and torn leather, shearling edging details and the over-textured silk in bright poppy red, fern yellow, pale sweet pea green, dragonfly blue, beetle green and soft rosehip pink.
Playing out to a soundtrack by 23-year-old British singer James Bay, a former busker, Christopher Bailey appeared at the end of the show for a split second, gesturing his praise and directing the applause in his direction.
Trench coats were apparent, of course, but this season boasting words like 'Insect Brit', 'Rolling Stone' and 'Adventure' scrawled across them. Waspish waist denim and cord jackets, layered tulle dresses, field jackets and draped skirts swished over young, super-casual footwear of Birkenstock-style sandals and trainers, or the 'Field Sneaker' and the 'Field Sandal' to give them their proper name all made their mark.
We also saw the introduction of the Burberry Bee Bag, and the Mini Bee, a cute cross-body style that only added to the collection's adolescent, DIY-dress-up appeal, impressing the expected A-list front row at the same time.