London Fashion Week: Old world glamour

A model showcases designs on the catwalk by Temperley.


1. Burberry Prorsum:

It’s not the norm for a heritage fashion house to embrace modernity and innovation with such ease, but Burberry’s  creative director Christopher Bailey did just just that with his spring outting. The British brand live streamed the show, which was held in the park, in their Regent Street store, and in real-time on the web. What the multiple audiences got to see was a collection centered around the theme of “Corsets and Capes.” The look — ruched satin corsets stretched taut, perfect white capes, capelets, ombred coats and dresses, peplums and pencil skirts — all arrived in intensely vivid brights and metallics, while the trench coat came in multiple incarnations.

One thing is for sure, Bailey hasn’t run out of ideas when it comes to reworking Burberry’s rich artisan history — albeit with a little help from the digital age.

2 Temperley London: “I love the idea of fashion’s return to elegance and what it means today — do we still have the time to dress properly, be poised, or be brave enough to make that consistent statement rather than searching for the new all the time?” said Alice Temperley of her spring collection. In short, the Temperley girl does and rightly so. Her show was delightfully beautiful — referencing 50s couture and actress Sophia Loren. Temperley’s inspiration translated into red satin and striped organza, digitally printed dresses in china blue and crystal embroidery, decadent jumpsuits, intricate jacquard pieces, ornate lace dresses and striking Patricia Underwood hats.
 Richard Peckett


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