Texture — of the cozy and colorful sort — was at the core of the Burberry Prorsum collection, designed by Christopher Bailey, the brand’s chief creative officer and chief executive-designate. Gorgeous outerwear abounded in the horse blanket jacquard coats with contrasting geometric patterns, all woven in Scotland; jackets with needle punch embroidery; chunky ribbed knits fashioned into bombers, and voluminous fox-fur sleeves on shearling jackets.
Toppers weren’t the only tactile part of this rich and romantic collection: A long, dark red dress was made from embroidered lace tulle, and had a whiff of a “Downton Abbey” wardrobe about it, and pencil skirts came with diamond-shaped, Lurex 3-D jacquard patterns. Accessories got a similar surface treatment: There were bags and open-toe boots made from leather and tapestry brocade with geometric patterns, and other bags that were covered in shaved fox fur. Bailey also winked at Burberry’s international markets — including Paris, Shanghai, New York and Tokyo — with city map designs on silk trenches and blouses and cotton T-shirts printed with local landmarks, such as Notre Dame in Paris.