Probably the most anticipated Fashion Show at London Fashion Week, the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013 was, to borrow the very British term, Brilliant! Because the Burberry Brand is so globally embraced and universally worn does not make Christopher Bailey’s job any easier. Every season he must outdo himself. When he took over the reins of Burberry as creative director, great things were hoped for him and the brand. Now, let’s just say they are not only expected, but wildly anticipated. The Fashion Gods (and Goddesses: nod to Anna Wintour and Dita Von Teese) arrive in full fig and array the front row like jewels on a necklace. Certainly most of the guests were wearing Burberry because they have acquired quite a lot of it over the years. Nothing daunted, we all want more. And more is what we got. Indie music setting the mood (Burberry has branched out to supporting British Indies, even providing the playlist on the Online Streaming of the Show), the models marched the long runway with the clear roof in full light, showing off all that shiny color. But what, oh what did they wear? Well, let’s just say it might be a shiny Spring but we won’t be wearing a lot of pants! That’s right, Bailey chose swimwear and super shorts to show off the new length to the Trench. It is a testament to his design skills how Bailey manages to reinvent the Trench Coat season after season. But come Spring, things will be a bit shorter. Trench Shrugs, over caplets, candy wrapper rain caplets, only begin to tell the story. Some of the trenches sported padded shoulder mini capes and some of the coats were bubbled out for the oversized look. Tops, dresses and trenches (especially the finale) were a candy dish of slinky, sexy, metallic color, (both smooth and plissé) another technical feat of Bailey. And can we discuss accessories? Handbags were clear plastic with distinctive Burberry check showing through, others had shiny leather metallic ends. All were fabulous handle tops. Shoes: metallic leather and sparkling, solid colors and sky-high wedge pumps (is this coming back). For the finale, Bailey covered up all the looks and sent the models out, each in Metallic Trench in a successive rainbow of pure delight. Obviously a new trench coat will be in order for Spring.
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