It’s defo a trend. By next season, stylish women will be draped and wrapped against the elements in blanket shawls and ponchos which are making an appearance every few shows. It’s a pity they’re not around now as the fashion cognoscenti have been braving the rain & wind and could do with warmer clothing. At the Burberry finale the famous models in the line-up sported monogrammed versions. Sometimes it was unfortunate. As in the case of Cara Delevigne who led the pack with ‘CJD’ emblazoned on hers. Mad cow, indeed.
But back to the start of the show. Burberry began (as ever polished to the max) with fine wool and silk scarves draped under the classic with a twist, hand-painted, Burberry Macs. Paul Klee like brushstrokes, floral and hand-painted Burberry checks appeared on bags, organza macs, shearling jackets, fine wool scarves and silk chiffon dresses. And then came the sumptuous Navajo/Aztec prints with draped scarves and falling jacket folds in ochre, burnt orange, gold and petrol. Burberry’s A/W’14 woman won’t feel out of place at the Tate Modern. Or the ‘Breaking Bad’ Albuquerque desert, it would appear.
This was an undoubtedly sleek show with acute emphasis on balance and taste. Christopher Bailey can style out an outfit of diaphanous lace by throwing a contrast, draped scarf over it. Add a belt and an oversized, hand-painted leather bag and hey presto – instant look and modernist meets classic British style. The type that travels well. Turning left, in first class. Transparent devore velvet skirts and fur only added to the luxury.
Bravo Mr Bailey. You’ve pulled it off, again.