LONDON FASHION WEEK S/S 2013: Burberry Prorsum

Burberry is known their classic plaid, but their Spring Summer 2013 was a refreshing departure from that fabric. What is prevalent is of course outerwear. In this case, capes, jackets, and trench coats. However, these aren't your average outerwear pieces. The brilliant design mind of Christopher Bailey, had deconstructed these classic pieces into updated versions. There are trench coats made of colorblocked, gradient, lace, and iridescent fabrics. The trench lengths go from the classic knee length, to a jacket length, to cropped at the bust, which makes me rethink what constitutes a trench coat. The cape lengths, shapes, and fabrics all vary, which makes them sculptural pieces of art. The skirts, blouses, dresses, and shorts compliment the varied outerwear pieces nicely. I've selected a few collection photos to share, but to see the full collection, watch the video at the bottom of this post.

Of all these great pieces, my favorites are the 6th look with the champagne colored tailored dress and pink cropped cape. They are vintage in style, which is something that always attracts me to clothing. The lux fabrics appear very comfortable and soft despite their tailored use. My next favorite is the 17th look, a green lace trench coat. Trench coats are a prevalent look in this collection, but this one changes the classic style by using a strong color, and delicate lace. This is a great lightweight coat for Spring and Summer, and the lace is light and breezy. I love feminine pieces like this, that are unexpected and beautiful. My last favorite is 19th look, which a green lace dress. It uses the same green lace as the trench coat, which shows continuity in the collection. I love the peek a skin through the lace with the deep sweetheart neckline. The lining matches the lace, which is a great way to keep the color strong and not detract from the lace. The scalloped lace and flare at the bottom adds to the elegance of this dress. Overall this collection is that, elegant. It's use of soft neutrals and jewel tones are a refreshing change to the ever prevalent pastels and bright colors normally associated with Spring and Summer.

For the full show, go here.


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