Runway Report: Burberry Spring 2017

Creative Director Christopher Bailey stated in Burberry’s in-season show notes for fall 2017 that the art of famed British sculptor Henry Moore has always “loomed large” in his imagination. Indeed, Moore, who is famous for his off-balance proportions and chunky, curving bronzes inspired every aspect of this collection, from structured designs to a contoured beauty look.

“Henry Moore has been a huge influence on me my whole life,” Bailey explained. “I grew up very close to where he was born. I’m very privileged that we had a sculpture park close by. My formative years were spent there,” he continued. “He’s been a big influence, but I never really got under the skin of his work, and for this collection, it just felt right.”

Seventy-nine looks walked past Moore’s sculptures lining the runway, with the artist’s works informing the collection’s shapes and neutral palette — in white, ivory, navy, and gray fabrics. An ivory jacket and black boots opened the show, followed by ruffled white shirts and blue shirt dresses, cutout beige knit sweaters, and one-shouldered dresses with trench coats.

Like last season, there were unisex designs — both male and female models wore shirts embellished with frills and lace. A dress and a few men’s shirts were printed with images of Moore’s sculptures.

The finale was a lineup of statement capes in materials ranging from silver feathers and metallic leather to plastic ruffles, stiff lace and glittering bits of chandelier — the latter an ode to Moore’s love of found objects.

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