fashion week   //   February 25, 2010

London Fashion Week Special: Burberry Prorsum

Inspiration: Military/The Aviator Jacket
Accessories: Buckle boots; Thigh-high boots; leather handbags
Favorite Look: White belted shag coat worn by Melissa Tamarjin
Thoughts: Alluding to Burberry’s long history with the British military, designer Christopher Bailey described the A/W 2010 collection as a “salute to the services.” In my opinion, it was a salute to a lot more than that, namely Bailey’s designer genius. One of my favorite things about this designer is his ability to keep Burberry fresh and modern, while embracing the history of this 153-year-old fashion house. Bailey is known for combing Burberry’s archives for inspiration, and often he will take one piece from the line’s famed history and build an entire collection around it. Last season that piece was the trench, this season, the aviator jacket. Bailey created this classic wardrobe piece in every which way -some were cropped with delicately sewn buttons and others had oversized collars with zipper-detailing. Shearling has never looked so good.
     So what was under all of those fantastic jackets? Working with a dark color palette and various textures, Bailey created lacy dresses (I love the contrast of lace underneath a tough aviator jacket), ruched skirts and the perfect trousers. And look at those boots (thigh-high is here to stay)! I think summed up this collection perfectly: “There’s only one problem with the jackets on the Burberry Prorsum runway: Which one to choose?”

Note: You can purchase several of the A/W collection pieces online RIGHT NOW through Friday. Your purchases will be delivered within 6 weeks.

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