Runway Report: Burberry Prorsum

Dusty pastels, clean silhouettes, and intricate cotton lace dominated Christopher Bailey’s mirage for Spring/Summer 2014. For this season his team worked with flowers, fragility and lightness to create one of his most compelling collections to date. “I like the idea of something sexy, and a little vulnerable but with something protective and safe on top” he explains.

The show starts with a fitted-to-perfection, daring, lace pencil skirt and matching blouse, and a knitted cashmere cardigan jacket with a double shawl collar, dropped shoulders, an open rib-edged front and three-quarter length sleeves. The relaxed silhouette of the jacket perfectly compliments the otherwise strictly constructed, attention-grabbing, lace separates.  The lace motif is ever present as the show continues with a standout, modern-fitted trench coat crafted from paper and dot cotton lace with heritage-inspired epaulettes and in supple shade of lavender.  Unlike his commonly fitted outerwear, this season Bailey experimented with more relaxed, understated shapes – we loved the lightweight, ruby red caban with tailored notch lapels, slant pockets and button-tab cuffs.

Then came a line-up of sexy yet extremely appropriate ruched dresses with globular floral studs, heavily accessorized with wide belts.  But it was Cara Delevingne in a wrist-length, transparent vinyl jacket embellished with light-reflecting crystals, and paired with a spring pink lace pencil skirt, that stole the show.  This bombastic vinyl jacket – most likely the most talked about piece in the collection – features hand-applied gemstone motifs in a geometric placement and graphic patch pockets.

The immense workmanship and exhaustive, micro-detailed design logic behind this collection reinforces the brand’s iconic attributes, but the daring lace and risqué translucence of nearly every undergarment points to a new age of Burberry – where understated and cool compliment Burberry’s consistent ladylike and unspoiled.

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