Fashion

BURBERRY

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

As my last show of the week and a grand affair, thought the Burberry show deserved its own post. My ride left without me – typical – so the lovely Cockney bloke running the car service helped me into a cab and we sped through rush hour traffic to get there.

Took my place in line as Kate Hudson was walking the red carpet on the other side of the lovely Chelsea College of Arts building. Is that green number Burberry? We flashed our invites and were led over to the building by young lads with plaid umbrellas. Good start!

Bumped into Rachel Zoe on my way in and nearly knocked over by Mary-Kate Olsen’s entourage rushing her through the doors. My she is pint sized! And wearing her signature bug eyed black shades. Found my way down the stairs behind her and over to my seat which was directly across the runway across the celebrity line and behind power editors such as Anna Wintour and Anne Slowey.

Here’s a list, in no particular order: Kate and Mary-Kate, Kristin Stewart (looking uncomfortable as always), Claire Danes, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Mario Testino, James Rousseau…

Okay, on to the clothes. If you weren’t already caught up after watching the live stream that is. Of course you’ll need some help to figure out what to buy on their current-three day sale of accessories and outerwear straight off the runway on the website. A heaven sent. Seriously, I want this stuff NOW.

A jewel tone, autumnal palette streaked vibrant shades of raspberry, chartreuse, mustard, lime, navy, cerulean, forest green, rich browns and black down the runway. Textures ruled with shearling, ruched silk and velvet, plisse leather, snakeskin, lace and pony skin creating serious depth and decadence. Outerwear was the star of the show with every incarnation of bomber jackets, shearling aviator coats, trenches, peacoats and blazers in variations of fabric, texture, detail and shape. While the British heritage brand is famous for the trench coat, the bomber jacket took precedence this season. Worn brown leather lined in shearling and then turned inside out for a plush cream shearling on the outside, and then lengthened, shortened, shrunken and enlarged. There was a strong military theme with brass buttons and epaulettes, but worn with strong shoulders, sheer lace frocks and over the knee boots it felt brand new. Peplum jackets and sexy pencil skirts were worn with shearling booties. Over the knee boots were either in black leather or snakeskin showing our investment this fall will pay off.

Whether you’re looking for a cosy and voluminous fuzzy topper (that cream finale patchwork shearling coat was simply to die for) or a sleek pony skin structured coat, it’s possible that life could be better with one of those Burberry coats in your closet. A gushing overstatement, perhaps. But who knows till you try?