The spring collections continued in London for the fourth day, with some major shows. Burberry was one highlight. Here again were pastels in minty green and lilac, yet rather than summer dresses there were light overcoats and jumpers with cutout backs. The show itself was a lovely, very English, spectacle. Set in a green house in Kensington Gardens, the sun peeked through the clouds and shone onto the runway just as the first model entered. A moment earlier it had been pouring rain. Harry Styles, Sienna Miller, Alexa Chung and Allison Mosshart sat catwalk-side.
Christopher Kane also showed pastels, yet, as with every Kane collection, the assemblage of inspiration and ideas was completely unexpected. His was a highlight of the week and I could wax rhapsodic about it for paragraphs. Flowers inspired him, and while he played with the traditional floral print here and there, there was also a more scientific bent with laser-cut diagrams of biological processes as well as intricately embellished sweaters that had arrows labeling the stamen, filament and other anatomical blossom bits. It was a stunning, lovely, thought-provoking show. I could watch it on loop.
In the way of florals, Erdem also diverged from his traditional ladylike colour and presented a collection in strict black and white. The flower embellishments were still there, however, with exquisite embroidery on soft chiffon layers.
The cap to the day was the ever-glamourous Tom Ford show. Set in a mirrored room filled with dove grey banquets (the most comfortable seating thus far), the show itself was a cross between rich luxury—fur, velvet, webbed lace—and screaming party girl—the final dresses were wearable disco balls that refracted the camera flashes throughout the entire space.