The finale of the Burberry Prorsum menswear show in London
The final day of London Collections: Men brought with it much anticipation, with Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum at top billing. With the draw of the Golden Globes in LA, many usual Burberry ambassadors were absentees. Trumping their truancy though, was American Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, who took her place on the front row.
As an international mega-brand, Burberry shows can be relied upon to be as theatrical in fashion content as in production. This season was no exception, with even the fashion queen falling foul of the onslaught of confetti, catching a piece in her infamous bob, before elegantly shrugging it off.
Model-of-the-moment and current British Vogue covergirl, Jourdan Dunn, was also in attendance, but lost an ill-fitting shoe entering the venue - luckily a friend was on hand to help her back to poise, while LC:M ambassador David Gandy made an uncharacteristic fashion fail with a peculiar grey trilby, which did nothing to compliment his checked suit.
Set in Kensington Gardens with a backdrop of The Royal Albert Hall and memorial, the stage was set for drama before a model set foot on the runway. Blighted by rain outside, the ostentatious inner cladding of the tent promised all the comfort of a five star hotel, with puddling camel velvet curtains and monochrome-tiled floor.
The ensuing show was a rhapsody of bohemian texture, colour and character. Bailey used the narrative of light to create a crescendo of sparkle through intricately embroidered mirror fabrics. It started as accents on scarves, then bags, shirts, and jackets, before culminating in the finale piece – a mirrored trench dripping in a twinkling exoticism of movement and light.
Accessories, as woven into the Burberry ethos as any garment, were fresh and practical, with the debut of the carryall in animal print shearling and nubuck, and the man-clutch in fringed fuchsia, turquoise and ochre.
The heritage Burberry check scarf was slashed into a fringed shawl and layered beneath jackets, with only the raw spindles of fabric escaping from the neck.
The finale walked out to a live vocal chorus from British singer-songwriter Clare Maguire, accompanied by London Contemporary Voices and The Langley Sisters, while silver confetti fell from the sky.