Christopher Bailey shifted his Volkswagen bus into high gear with a collection that riffed on late-Sixties and early-Seventies bohemian culture and handmade goods. “It started with the idea of folk art and craftsmanship — and people who learn to do things with their hands,” said Burberry’s chief executive and creative officer.
His collection, tactile and rich in earth tones such as teal and ochre, unfolded as Clare Maguire belted out Carole King’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and ended with George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” getting all and sundry ready to hit the beatnik trail — in high style. There were long suede capes aflutter with fringe, and new versions of the blanket poncho, which was a holiday 2014 bestseller at the multibillion-dollar brand.
Fringing long and short dangled from bucket bags and ankle boots, from the backs of trenches and the edges of long checked scarves. Other boots — in particular thigh-high stiletto numbers — were made from a patchwork of colored suede, a motif that also worked its way onto short whipstitch trench coats with a crafty, art teacher feel. A strong lineup of micro-quilted, paisley and flower-printed coats, trenches and dresses — based on the traditional quilting techniques of Durham, England – were only for the most haute of hippies.