Runway Report: Burberry Fall 2017

The checks are back, we repeat the checks are back! Christopher Bailey recharged the beige, white, black and red check-print of season’s past this London Fashion Week, and weaved it into what can only be described as laid-back, London street-chic.

Models were brought into the styling fold this season and empowered to weigh in on their own looks. According to British Vogue, Bailey commented: “I was intrigued by everybody wanting everything to be really casual and really broken down.” Allowing the models to take charge and own their looks taught Mr. Bailey just how the young crowd likes to assemble their high-end pieces; “They loved a special piece. If it felt too done, too refined, too sophisticated it was, ‘Oh, I need a hat with it.’

While it was a flashback to the early 2000’s, we were definitely very much in the present day with certain ensembles. Raincoats appeared front and center in sorbet shades of aqua, bubblegum, and white, while lace appliqued midi dresses were layered over checked cigarette pants. Although the runway show was predominantly labeled as ‘SS18’ it was taking place in London, and therefore Bailey showcased a good amount of transitional pieces for those pre-summer, post-winter months. Teddy bear coats in Burberry beige, burnt eau de nil and dirty rose reassured us that we can remain warm and chic all at the same time, as did the wide checked, long shawl-scarves draped over one shoulder.

A show styled by models may be a trend we see more of as the seasons go on. After all, what’s better than crowd-sourcing your next bestseller? Bravo Mr. Bailey!  

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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji