Burberry Prorsum at London Fashion Week isn’t just a show—it’s an experience. Christopher Bailey’s sartorial production was both a salute to spring 2013′s futuristic swing and a nod to superwomen across the globe.
Given that the show was being livestreamed for the world to witness at 4pm sharp, guests promptly entered Kensington Gardens yesterday to witness the highly-anticipated spectacle, which was held in a dimly-lit, custom-built venue. When the show began, the tent covers slowly opened to reveal natural sunlight, as if Bailey was summoning an awakening. The moment instantly enlivened the audience and set the tone for the rest of the show’s enchantment.
To complement the dynamic setting, top models like Cara Delevingne and Liu Wen stormed down the runway in fierce capes paired with short shorts and corset seamed dresses in luxe fabrics like double cotton sateen and metallic silk. As for the trench coats—Burberry’s bread and butter—styles were plentiful and punctuated with new cuts and colors, such as glistening copper and a deep ink blue. Cape trenches, corset trenches, kick flared trenches, and even a cropped cape-trench hybrid turned up on the runway, captivating the interesting array of front-rowers, including Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, Brit pop superstar Harry Styles of One Direction, British actor Dev Patel, and film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Guests quietly waited for the unknown once the final look walked off the runway. After silence and complete darkness (the tent covers were back up by now), we were greeted by a troop of models in metallic trench coats in spacey pink, purple, green and blue hues. Welcome to Planet Burberry.