Runway Report: Burberry Fall 2016

Burberry continues to defy the rules of the game with a collection that challenges the traditional fashion retail formula in more ways than one.  First, their direct from runway stratagem is in full effect.  The brand partnered with Barneys to offer a substantial selection of the pieces, as seen on the runway, available for purchase immediately. Second, and to the surprise and delight of spectators, Burberry presented the entire men’s and womenswear collection –a concept which is becoming slightly more common, but is still shy of being the norm. In addition, the collections were androgynous and designed for multiple uses, but there was no minimalism in sight.

Opulence is practically the expectation at Burberry, and creative director Christopher Bailey certainly treated the audience to a resplendent affair – the set was ornamented with prominent classical sculptures, and the mood was set by orchestral music as well as opera singers. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando,” Bailey wanted to create a collection that although packed with frilly blouses, rich fabrications, flamboyant military coats, and high collars – was still envisioned for both genders. It was certainly a spectacular line up of billowing silhouettes, silk pajama trousers, translucent layers, and intricate patterns – to nobody’s surprise.

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