Christopher Bailey’s inspiration certainly came as no surprise — he looked to Cecil Beaton’s Sixties-era portraits of aristos and rock stars.
Yet Bailey’s ability to keep his retro-Brit-“It”-girl looking fresh season in and season out is an honest-to-goodness marvel of modern fashion.
“The way Beaton captured them all had something light about it,” Bailey said backstage before the show, making it his mission to match the photographer’s light touch.
Mining the quirky-sweet vein he knows so well, Bailey presented a collection full of charm and brimming with first-class merch: buoyant belled dresses in pretty foil, washed linen trenches with fluted sleeves and filmy knits galore.
If some of the spacey-sleek hardware and a feathered frock or two looked overdone, those digressions were fleeting.
As for the Beaton-esque business, Bailey maintained his sense of lightness not only by using airy fabrics, muted prints and a pale palette he called “trench colors,” but by keeping his look free from overt nostalgia.