It might have been spring. A billow of silk in hand-painted florals brushing past a bare, sandalled leg. With it, Burberry Prorsum’s London fashion week show opened, welcoming in the season of the Bloomsbury Girl – a girl wrapped in romance, a haze of antique sentiments, and handicrafts.
The painterly florals persisted across trench coats, shearling jackets, even shoes. There was something defiant about Christopher Bailey’s refusal to go for clean and structured in a world so minimalism obsessed, in a world where scarves aren’t usually belted around at asymmetrical lengths and in clashing prints, changing the dynamic of the outfits. This was a runway dipped in nostalgia and dedicated to the art of bohemian flowing layers and prim vintage colours.
And while Burberry will always excel at outerwear, the relaxed-cut trench coats, the cosy cabans and customised blanket capes (each, for the runway, embroidered with the model’s initials) couldn’t quite steal the attention away the season’s tea dresses. Pretty seems to undersell them, but it’s the most apt adjective: as they moved in person they were simply yet sublimely so. From see-through numbers of delicate blackcurrent lace to empire-line frocks with long sleeves and high necks, these will no doubt be editorial and real-life favourites.
You can see all of the Burberry Prorsum autumn (fall) / winter 2014 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree