Spring 2013 is a lush, bold departure from the traditional, staid Burberry heritage without pushing too hard in an effort to be different. I love how Christopher Bailey has centered his collection around a playful, flirtier Burberry. In doing so, he has interjected the classic house with a delightfully seductive quality. There is a shift towards a more sculpted silhouette: the collection is full of sensual bustier corsets, ruched bodysuits, and beautifully rounded capes. And while there is a distinct erotic allusion, Bailey does not go for obvious “sexiness.” Instead, he allows the vibrant color palette and deliciously tactile texture to speak for themselves. Neon dip-dye ombre jackets certainly catch the eye (Looks 7, 10, 12) for the upcoming warmer months while the blush and plum satins are positively autumnal. The combination of purples, blues, and greens is featured prominently throughout the collection, showing up in a rather unique fashion. Personally, I am rather enamored with that purple pebbled leather skirt in Look 38. Pairing it with a peacock-esque plumage of green and blue feathers made for striking impact.
Moreover, I love how Bailey was unafraid to extend his bold color palette to his outerwear. Burberry’s trademark Macs are transformed into boldly textured versions of themselves. Pebbled leather coats are introduced in multiple hues of blue and green while cropped satin jackets and rounded capes are enticingly cheeky. There are, of course, the more standard traditional trenches in crepe khaki, neatly knotted with serrated leather belts. And though most of the trenches are beautifully crafted and sure to please Burberry’s more conservative customers, I am drawn to the gorgeously plumed version in Look 44, the romantic lace of Look 26, and the electric blue leather rendering of Look 36–all fantastic deviations from the norm.
Overall, I love that Bailey has given himself license to play. While still undoubtedly elegant, the Burberry girl embraces bold choices and coquettish provocation for Spring. How aptly timed.
[On a side note, I had the most horrible mental block with this one. However, I should be able to catch up within the next couple of months or so *fingers crossed*]