With a new calendar based on a see-now buy-now concept, Burberry unveiled its collection for Fall/Winter 2017-2018 at London Fashion Week. By anchoring his work in that of sculptor Henry Moore, Christopher Bailey introduced a collection with asymmetric accumulations of twirling frills in various fabrics alongside original and convoluted cuts. This perfect juxtaposition of contrasts proves that the label’s creative director is at the height of his art.
On models such as Amber Witcomb and Elfie Reigate, these pieces went beyond their traditional proportions to turn the rules of contemporary style upside down – by taking that which is most aristocratic and poetic from England, Christopher Bailey is giving the world romantic silhouettes where the shape, textures, and details perfect the body like never before. This marriage of contrasts will be dressing up the Burberry girl in the coming season. Summery knits are worn and destructured while corseted one-shoulder dresses take on a cool attitude with unexpected add-ons.
Far from its classic variations, the trench coat becomes more fluid with a bit of work done to its sleeves and collar. “There’s something in the sleeves, the trench coat really depends on the shoulders with its flaps, and shoulders were also important to Henry Moore,” declared Christopher Bailey backstage. His best friends for next season (already available for some pieces)? Black, navy blue, and beige to be certain, but to make it even more iconic with an opposition of vibrant shades, sophistication is incarnated in a gathering of spiral frills around the sleeves. Definitively a cut above the rest, this version of the legendary trench coat is a must-have in the making.