PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATWALKING.COM
REPORT BY HEATH BROWN
“Welcome to Hyde Park. So excited you are here!” said a virtual Christopher Bailey, via smartphone, as guests arrived at the Crystal Palace-like venue for Burberry Prorsum in Kensington. “Surely he should be pinning a hem,’’ quipped one fashionista, but we were confident all was in control. The catwalk parade began with a rainbow army of trench-coated beauties boldly marching to the Burberry beat. A sliding spectrum of shiny leather, luxury lace and sumptuous satin was made up into trench-coat dresses, midi, maxi and mini capes as well as gorgeous jewel-like cocktail outfits. “The colours felt like you could wring them out they were so intense,” enthused Bailey after the show. Inspiration came from images in the Burberry archives of Edwardian corsets and capes. “And I looked to the joyously sassy photographs of Norman Parkinson,” said Bailey. “He was incredible – his work encapsulates the very British glamour I want to explore.” Iridescent feathered coats and dresses added a red-carpet vibe to a sparkling show.