The coat in its many iterations was the focus of this solid show, which was all about looking at familiar Burberry shapes with new eyes. “I wanted to celebrate the familiar — and make it playful as well,” said Christopher Bailey, the brand’s chief creative officer, who called the show, fittingly, “I [Heart] Classics.”
To wit, there were cheeky hearts — resembling text message symbols — printed on linen shirts or needle-punched into V-neck sweaters. Outerwear ranged from military-inspired — as in olive green jackets with patch pockets or dark, double-breasted topcoats with a flash of British Army scarlet on the underside of the collar — to Pop Art-inspired. Some topcoats came in an offbeat material: translucent rubber in shades of burgundy, grape or caramel.
In between, there were calfskin trenches, and a menagerie of animal prints for lapels, collars, shoes, sunglass lenses and overnight bags. The more subtle silhouettes worked the best, such as the luscious cashmere trenchcoat that kicked off the show.