from the runways: burberry prorsum

27 Feb

although fashion month is nearing its end, i’m bringing you one last review straight from the runways in lieu of our regularly scheduled posts. happy fashioning!

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it seems that st. valentine – or, according to style.com, a more kinky purveyor of love lust – was on designer christopher bailey’s mind for autumn 2013. showing his collection for burberry just four days after february 14th, traces of that holy grail of affection dotted the lineup. heart prints, flesh-toned palettes and even a melancholy version of the turtle’s happy together saturated bailey’s show.

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but, as mentioned above, there was a more seedy side to the lineup. finding inspiration in the infamous sixties showgirl, christine keeler, who also partook in a slew of extra-curricular activities, if you catch my drift, bailey incorporated a bit more seduction into this season’s looks, which mainfested in the form of transparent vinyl skirts exposing heart-print undies and nude colored trenches concealing what can only be imagined as the absence of an outfit underneath.

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and while style.com writer tim blanks brought this dark muse to light, i’d prefer to stick with the more pg version. taking place in a sun-drenched greenhouse-esque venue, bailey’s show was a light, albeit slightly ironically woeful, production. his outwardly happy muse seemed to perhaps be covering an inner sadness with ensembles that would persuade the unassuming passerby otherwise – again referencing those heart-print separates mentioned above. a bit obvious? yes. but in the most intriguing way possible.

in any case, bailey impressed – for the most part – this season. while the leather fringe soaked in gilded grommets weren’t to my liking, the light collection with dark undertones was an overall success.

and if the surprise live performance from tom odell and accompanying chorus – the latter of whom were clad in all black trenches, naturally – didn’t catch your attention, the impeccably executed outerwear and proper-but-not-prim silhouettes certainly did.

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ed note: since i had to enjoy fashion month from the comforts of my own home this season, please excuse my borrowing of photos from style.com. hop on over there for the full collection and their take on this season’s designs.

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