Christopher Bailey took a luxe, whimsical turn for pre-fall, presenting a collection filled with contrasting weights and textures. Outerwear, a major engine behind the brand’s sales, took a starring role, and there was shearling galore: in the snow-white lining of a black leather aviator jacket; the bearish fluff of a knee-length coat; and the wild curls of a short, ochre-green jacket lined in leather. Cabans were lined with shaved, leopard-printed shearling, while one white coat was a patchwork of various shearling textures and lengths.
Bailey, Burberry’s chief executive and creative officer, offset all of that wool with the most delicate of clothing, including sheer white chiffon dresses, skirts and blouses made from guipure lace and drop-waist dresses in blue-and-white clover-print chiffon. He nodded to past seasons, too, with a dash of folk embroidery on the collar of a knee-length, caramel suede trench or dotted across the front of a cashmere sweater.