The traditional British Burberry girl has diverged from her preen feminine perfection, by exposing her daring and slightly disheveled London-cool for Christopher Bailey’s latest Spring Summer ‘16 collection.
The looks break boundaries, featuring dark silks, metals, lace and leather, which almost don’t make sense for the season. They are purposely “a mashup of things I really love”, and people no longer care in a world that is hot and cold all year-round, says Bailey.
He chose a tent in Hyde Park, London, decked out with Burberry’s signature marble flooring, and a runway that circled around a full 32-piece orchestra for the show space. It was prominent all over the Snapchat feed yesterday, with unique geofilters of ‘The Burberry Show’ alongside videos of models Cara Delevigne, Jourdan Dunn, and Suki Waterhouse, who are all avid social media users. Burberry proves their fashion and tech-forward mindset by partnering up with the social media site for the first time to give everyone “an instant global view,” says Bailey. As well as streaming the show live, the feed revealed behind the scenes snippets of rehearsals, backstage fittings, and the after-show.
A sheer oxblood polka-dot dress floats down the runway over a high-wasted black short, nipped in at the waist with a thick silk band. Wedged black sandals embellished with a thick gold chain, contrast against the dainty handle of the neutral-toned bag. The lip shade ‘Black Rose’ is dominant.
A lingerie dress in black silk and lace, worn with a hooded jersey coat is the antithesis to summer daywear. The heavy metal accessories and bed-head hair add an edgy disorder to the feminine English rose.
A dark spin on the classic Burberry trench coat, worn casually over a sculpted sheer dress of black lace is the edgier ‘underwear as outerwear’ look. Personalized nylon backpacks characterized with models initials, give the overall look it’s nineties laid-back grunge.
Written by, Faye Harris, MFA Fashion Journalism
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