In the show space by Royal Albert Hall, the mood was set by season-neutral, cartoon-like dream of a London silhouette, a sepia-toned live postcard with a flag flapping in the wind...

After the ceiling covers opened, the newest batch of perfectly cut trench coats and other wardrobe staples filed in, in duchess cotton silk, metallic and silk fabrics, satin, cotton twill, laser-cut leather lace, metallic lurex and iridescent peacock feathers.

That's usually more than enough to feast your eyes, but there were satin and vinyl capes, peplums, kickbacks, plissé and dégradé effects, and cocoon shapes to gawk at while the need to shape and re-shape your views of spring were slowly sinking in.

A rich, darker jewel colour palette of emerald, magenta, fuchsia, pomegranate, petrol blue, ink, black sapphire, claret, pale green, honey and nude gold was very much in evidence, more autumnal than spring/summer, except for a few flashes of white and silver grey.

In fact, the colour combinations reminded me of THIS: Gucci's a/w 2011 collection, but there's no reason for surprise - a cross-seasonal offering is fast becoming a trend among designers, what with their global customer base and the fashion industry's always-a-season-ahead lifestyle.

So, what else is there to be said about Burberry Prorsum, a pre-show that puts the Oscars red carpet to shame or the sheer beauty and utter perfection of the clothes? Nothing - exquisite as always.

runway stills: vogue.co.uk

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