Runway Report: Burberry Spring 2018

It was the final bow for Christopher Bailey at the see-now-buy-now Burberry Spring 18′ show. The rainbow-filled progressive collection was equal parts wearable as it was poignant. Bailey looked back in time to his youth as inspiration; “it was really me, aged 15,” he laughed. And with that sentiment, the catwalk was filled with themes of 80’s streetwear on a backdrop of Jimmy Somerville’s, Smalltown Boy.

In an inclusive effort to express his own experience as a homosexual working-class boy in England, Bailey wanted his last adieu to honor the LGBTQ+ community as well as his support for mental health. The market-stall inspired collection focused on the re-birth of the Burberry check with an incorporated rainbow stripe. Baseball caps, plastic totes, rain hats, fleeces and the evergreen cashmere scarf were some of the iconic pieces in the range.

A large tomato sweatshirt was embroidered with an ostentatious Burberry logo and styled with a baseball cap, velour track pants and old-school penny loafers in signature check print. The show closer saw Cara Delevingne in a floor-length cloak strewn in rainbow stripe fur, lined in Burberry print gliding down the runway while “Don’t Leave Me This Way” played. Bailey emerged looking hopeful and grateful and took his standing ovation to the lyrics, “Set me free.” Goodbye Christopher, and thank you for everything.

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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