Christopher Bailey was like a kid in a candy shop, turning out a collection full of intense color and sweetie wrapper shine — as well as flourishes of feather and lace. “I wanted it playful, sassy and joyous with colors so intense you wring them out,” the designer said after the show.
Keeping things upbeat is key for Bailey right now. Asked backstage about the company’s recent warning of a slowdown in worldwide retail sales, he said: “You need to do things that make people smile, to have a point of view. And if you work with integrity and honesty, you can ride out the challenges.”
Burberry’s treats came in the shape of trenches and dresses fashioned from emerald green lace, with a jaunty fishtail flair at the hem; a curvy dress plastered with teal feathers, and a deep pink and red trench. Purple and hot pink fabrics with the look and texture of foil wrappers were cut into a short-sleeve shirt or pleated strapless dress, while shiny, cotton sateen trenches came in shades such as midnight blue, raspberry and acid green.
Every once in a while, Bailey took a break from all the color, sending out cool, white trenches or Champagne-colored ones worn with rose gold capelets. The collection was packed with tiny capes that hit midway down the arm (a tricky proposition) and longer ones with a grown-up sense of drama.