This season’s Burberry Prorsum show was all about throwback silhouettes: belted, calf-length, and feminine. What at first appeared to be a hodgepodge of disparate fabrics, textures, and colors in fact revealed the singular story of Burberry designer Christopher Bailey’s newfound obsession with a return to the artisinal. Pops of bright, African-inspired jewel tones were paired with fine craftmanship throughout, from the intricate prints to the detailed hat tassles.
Though he’s known for setting trends rather than following them, even Bailey seems to have been bitten by the sporty bug. Instead of the trench, models donned parkas with ties trailing around the hems and woven belts cinched at the waist. Straw hats came adorned with baseball-ready bills.
This isn’t to say that the iconic label ignored the clean-cut sexuality for which it’s become known. Burberry’s shoes—at podiatrist-unapproved heights—were staggeringly sexy, as were the collection’s deep-V dresses with exposed mid-sections. (Although, not this exposed.)