Wednesday, February 22

Burberry Prorsum FW12- Christopher Bailey at his best
Burberry Prorsum FW12: Christopher Bailey at his best
Courtesy of Burberry
The Burberry Prorsum winter collections are always more exciting than spring because outerwear is the brand's strength. I knew after seeing the menswear collection in Milan last January that the new womenswear line was going to be particularly exciting.
Burberry had set once again their staple see-through tent in the middle of the beautiful Kensington Gardens where they held over a thousands guests (!) including front row regulars like Mario Testino and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and, my favourite, Kate Bosworth – post coming up.
The show opened with some of the signature Burberry styles we have seen in the past but soon became a spectacular display of colour, shape and texture, which was very interesting for Burberry and took it back to its roots after the summer trip to Africa. There were much fewer reinterpretations of the trench coat for FW12. Instead we saw the reinvention of more utilitarian pieces like the Barbour jacket or the down jacket that were cropped, more fitted and made in richer materials and with more attention to detail. My favourite was probably the bolero Barbour number Jourdan Dunn walked down the runway.

As I had mentioned after looking at the Pre-Fall 2012 collection I was expecting a lot more evening and cocktail wear this season. Burberry has been doing a lot of custom-made gowns  – most notably Adele's latest elegant hits – for the last few months and it seemed only logical to add some options to the catwalk.
Bailey didn't quite get into gowns just yet but he did delivered a handful of knock-out cocktail pieces like a burgundy printed number or an über-sexy fringed dress with stripe details.
My other favourite bit from the collection were the skirts. Burberry has also become well known for their pencil skirts, which are the best way to accompany their trench coats. After their stripy hits for SS12 Bailey has turned to earthy-coloured tweeds with the most beautiful zig-zag ruffle details at the front. But there were also a lot of peplums. Whether as attachments to coats or at their more traditional use on skirts they were also stunning and looked great with the cute velvet bow belts that tied the collection together.
If you haven't yet take a look at the entire collection because there is not a single item that should be missed. Pay special attention to the accessories – studded and snakeskin gloves, velvet and leather belts, new bags, iPad covers... and, my absolute favourite, the umbrellas that so beautifully closed the show. Click here to see the full video of the collection.
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