Burberry’s runway show, traditionally held on the Monday afternoon of London Fashion Week, has become a full-scale event. Each season, a tent rises on the same plot of land in Hyde Park across from the Prince Albert Memorial. A lineup of young, attractive celebrities fill the front row. And notable international editors loyally attend to see what Christopher Bailey, the brand’s creative director, has up his talented sleeve. If you missed the show’s live stream, here are the highlights.
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Sienna Miller knows how to give a good over-the-shoulder pose. A friend of Bailey’s, she was among the several British stars who turned up for the occasion – feeding the paparazzi and fans who barely differentiate the show from a red-carpet movie premiere.
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Here’s singer Paloma Faith, who has been making waves across the pond for her soulful sound and retro style. Burberry did not program the heavy rainfall that preceded show – how very English – but certainly made sure that Faith was properly dressed (her water-repelling Burberry PVC skirt revealed heart-patterned knickers).
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One Direction’s Harry Styles would not have been happy had the rain ruined his meticulously shaped coif.
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Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has been among the champions of London Fashion Week, especially once Bailey brought the Burberry Prorsum show back to its birthplace four years ago (it had been shown for years in Milan). There is no way anyone would have let a drop of rain land on her signature coif.
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And now to the fashion. Bailey dubbed his Spring/Summer 2014 collection “English Rose.” While this conjures up something delicate and precious (or alternately, an old Fleetwood Mac album), the look leaned more toward soft and subdued. Outerwear, the brand’s strength, had the cool casualness of an oversized cardigan.
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Bailey stuck to a predominantly pastel palette, moving through pale lilac, dusty pink tones and green the shade of mint ice cream (minus the chocolate chips). This Scottish cashmere coat would look far less spring-like in black or grey.
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Sheerness served as a counterpoint to the cozier fabrics (an English Rose may require enveloping outerwear for April and May, but summer does arrive eventually).
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Bailey showed the Burberry Spring/Summer Men’s collection back in June but reintroduced some of the looks yesterday. “Writers and Artists” was the theme for his gents – specifically, David Hockney and Alan Bennett.
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It’s easy to see how that message continued loosely into the women’s wear, from the effortless, unstructured toppers to the lively polka dots.
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British model favourite Cara Delevingne closed the show wearing a clear, cropped rain-shell embellished with rosettes that matched the sparkly bits on the lace skirt. When it rains on the red carpet, this will come in handy.
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Harry Styles’ hair or a fold-over clutch?
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As the rain cleared and sun filtered into the tent, the show ended with a shower of rose petals. Bailey is somewhat of a romantic that way. And it was a pretty, parting gesture – until next season.