Christopher Bailey presented his Burberry Prorsum Fall 2013 collection to a packed house at Kensington Gardens in London yesterday. As always, it was the hottest ticket for London Fashion Week.
Inspired by Burberry classics and Christine Keeler, the theme ‘Trench Kisses’ quickly made sense as models took to the runway wearing updated trench coats, some with sheer latex, and sweetheart prints.
It wasn’t all sweetness and light; there was an edgier side to the ‘Trench Kisses’ collection, with models wearing latex skirts with revealing panties, military-style coats, fringed leather skirts accented with grommets – which featured several times in this collection – python trench coats and plenty of animal-print pieces, which I’m sure we will see on the likes of Kate Moss.
After a selection of striped pieces, the collection moved on to eveningwear, something that Burberry doesn’t always present on the runway. We usually only get a glimpse of the brand’s eveningwear at major events, like the Met Gala or the BAFTAs.
Speaking of the BAFTAs, a white, shorter version of Anne Hathaway’s gown featured in this collection, alongside two black halter dresses with gold accents at the neckline. I hope to see full-length versions of both these dresses on the red carpet soon.
Key accessories included the ‘Crush’ bag, Kitten wedges, animal print sunglasses and gold band belts.
The show marked Burberry’s debut of Runway Made to Order, a service that offers custom-made outerwear and bags from the collection featuring personalised engraved nameplates. Runway coats and bags are now available for two weeks on Burberry.com, for delivery in just nine weeks.
Front Row: Tom Hooper, Kate Beckinsale, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Freida Pinto, Michelle Dockery, Olivia Palermo, Douglas Booth, Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Dan Gillespie-Sells, George Craig, Misty Miller and Victoria Pendleton
Who I See Wearing This Collection: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Freida Pinto, Michelle Dockery, Emma Watson, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, Kate Bosworth, Clemence Poesy, Laura Bailey, Poppy Delevigne, Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz, Kate Beckinsale, Kirsten Dunst, Melanie Laurent and Olivia Wilde
Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman served up luxurious pieces many starlets will be clamouring for, especially with the Oscars around the corner – in fact, I’m sure some of the gowns are making their way to LA at this very moment.
The show opened with a bold red embroidered coat before swiftly moving on to tea-length dresses – some with sheer balloon sleeves – off-the shoulder gowns, and one-shoulder gowns with asymmetrical tiers, plus many satin gowns with tulle hems.
The romanticism was really captured with the slow movement of the models and the flowing trains of the last few looks. You couldn’t help but be entranced as the fuchsia strapless gown made its way around the runway.
Gold floral embroidery featured heavily within this collection; the detail up close was simply exquisite.
Marchesa’s range of bags extended once again this season. Larger bags with chain accents and envelope clutches featured in this collection, with Christian Louboutin providing the footwear.
Which ones can you picture on the red carpet on Oscar night?
Front Row: Jada Pinkett Smith, Louise Roe, Lake Bell, Olivia Palermo, Miley Cyrus and her mum
Who I See Wearing This Collection: Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Vikander, Stacy Keibler, Kerry Washington, Katy Perry, Jaimie Alexander, Rachel Weisz, Krysten Ritter
On an eye-popping colour palette of electric-blue, saffron-yellow, orange and black, the designer served up looks for any occasion.
I loved the cheeky camo prints, the easy wearable separates, on-trend houndstooth print, slouchy leather pants, oversized blazers and coats, the luxe knitwear and the peplum pieces which return to the runway season after season.
My favourite pieces were the leather bustier with a crepe skirt and the knit peplum sweater and skirt.
The show closed with a succession of two-tone mullet dresses. The bejewelled one is one most likely to make it to the red carpet.
Front Row: Michael Douglas, Hilary Swank, Zoe Saldana, Jada Pinkett Smith, Paz Vega and Karolina Kurkova
Who I See Wearing This Collection: Gwyneth Paltrow; Jennifer Garner; Heidi Klum; Charlize Theron.
The Blonds’ Fall 2013 show was presented on Tuesday night at Milk Studios during New York Fashion Week.
As always, the attendees dressed to impress for the collection, which was heavily influenced by the movies ‘Psycho’ and ‘The Shining’.
Models took to the runway in blonde wigs wearing signature corsets. I loved the opening jewelled corset with feathers, but there were plenty more show stoppers to be had.
We saw a jewel-encrusted roped corset dress, a faux-chinchilla jumpsuit, a white-leather belt dress, and a pvc trench coat which looked like it was dripping with blood, as did a nude strapless dress. The fur strait jacket was also loved by their adoring crowd.
While they did present a few gowns, I think this collection is more likely to be seen on the stage than the red carpet.
Front Row: Johnny Weir and Carmen Electra
Who I See Wearing This Collection: Paris Hilton, Carmen Electra, Holly Madison and Katy Perry