If you haven’t seen it, the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2012 RTW Collection is a must see, must have, must buy. Well-seasoned Chief Creative Officer, Christopher Bailey, joined Burberry in 2001. Prior to Burberry, he designed womenswear for Gucci (1996-2001) and Donna Karan (1994-1996).
Bailey has a keen sense of street meets high-fashion and is able to indulge in his personal sources of inspiration – the less-glamorous streets of London or his fascination with the Gilded Youth all while holding true to the classic Burberry aesthetic.
Immediately, as the first look descended the runway, bellows pockets and peplum and cinched waists were the small details that grabbed our attention in a huge way. The show was titled Town and Field – the words were used to define a collection in which Bailey made a successful attempt to combine opposites and form a connection between the two distinct ideologies.
Outerwear seemed to dominate the collection; but in no way did it become weighed down. Jackets were shown in a variety of lengths and styles. Bailey’s intent was to take the field jacket, the quilted jacket and the trench and modernize them. He did so by cinching the waists with belts such as the elasticized bow belt that we saw in a variety of colors or the animal head belts.
Paired with ruffled pencil skirts, printed shift dresses and knits and blouses adorned with owls and dogs, each jacket or coat took on a distinct personality.
Rich tones of Autumn, luxurious fabrics and every detail from the small bows that served as epaulets to the eclectic assortment of gloves made for a completely satisfying Burberry experience.
As for accessories, bags and clutches were not to be overlooked. Over-sized totes and duffel-shaped handle bags were seen in the beginning of the show and studded and zipped clutches accessorized the latter part of the show.