Runway Report: Burberry Prorsum SS16

FUNCTIONREGALIA is the title of Burberry Prorsum’s spring/summer collection – perfectly fitting for the heady mix of utilitarian touches, military flourishes and super-feminine shapes that took to the catwalk in London today. Of course you may have previewed the collection from 7pm last night via the brand’s Snapchat. Burberry can’t resist a digital first.

The collection centred around an array of pretty dresses – intricate lattice-like, figure-hugging minis, flirty sheer lace numbers in black, primrose yellow and mint and relaxed maxis in cream with gold cording trim. Over these were nonchalantly slung black pea and duffle coats, an officer jacket with regimental buttons and of course a leather biker. Outerwear was cinched at the waist and always paired with a black or khaki nylon backpack, complete with model’s initials – we can imagine the waiting list for personalisation now…

Overall, spring/summer 2016 looks to be taking on a little realism in London. Colours are muted and layers are essential – a fully functioning wardrobe for the modern female no less. Burberry’s take on this was a triumph, leaving the packed crowd excited for the season to come. Of course the setting helped – a purpose built, greenhouse-like structure in Kensington Gardens, complete with the sublime sounds of Alison Moyet and orchestra, set in the centre of the venue.

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