The New York shows may have been all about wildlife with fur and animals literally inspiring designers (think owl heads), but in London, while fur is still rampant, prints have been making more of a splash. Following up the memorable (for better or worse) hats Christopher Bailey created for Burberry Prorsum’s menswear collection this season, he showed cow print hats on some of his Fall 2011 women. While there may not have been anything wrong with the hats on their own, at times they did take away from the gorgeous outerwear Bailey presented and the motif worked best when it was featured on a Cruella de Vil-esque coat.
In keeping with the trend we’ve been seeing in which designers have been focused on dressing their customers for brutal winters, the collection had a heavy focus on outerwear, and luckily, bags to match. Burberry clearly knows their customer and for a brand with such a long, classic history, it’s impressive that they’ve been at the forefront when it comes to embracing technology. Not only was Burberry one of the first brands to livestream their shows (and as an added touch this season’s collection was broadcast to screens in London’s Piccadilly Circus), but they were one of the first to offer their runway collection for immediate purchase; to that end, there’s little doubt that many women will be vying for the tartan and military-inspirited coats shown this season.
The monochromatic outerwear as well as the tartan ones were done in bright pops of orange, blue, red, yellow, red, and purple in slightly exaggerated mod-like silhouettes, and then later, in more neutral and tailored iterations. The mod feel of the show worked its way into separates as well with wide, and at times fur-lined, sleeves, bell-bottoms, tweed, and herringbone for an added 60s flair.
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.