Chief Creative Officer of British luxury fashion house, Christopher Bailey yet again lifts the renowned label to new soaring heights with the unveiling of his polished Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2013 Men and Womenswear collections. CDCLifestyle takes a closer look.
In the womenswear department the fashionable ensemble plays with classic silhouettes, yet still managing to remain stylishly modern. The iconic trench coat, invented by brand founder Thomas Burberry, is seen in metallic while whilst flying jackets and bomber jackets are cropped or restructured with knitted sleeves. On the bottom half cropped cigarette trousers and gathered waist tapered leg trousers are showcased amongst kickback pencil skirts and gathered waist skirts for a more feminine alternative. Additionally a few full length evening dresses and a military seam bustier have made the careful cut into the chic selection.
Fabric wise, lots of cotton is shown in prints, sateen, tailoring and lightweight silk summer tweed blends to suit the season. A notoriously summery and quintessentially British look of striped seersucker is seen on various linen canvases including a gorgeous two-piece suit, whilst dresses get a more glamorous night-time touch of sequinned florals. The colour palette stays true to Burberry’s signature look, comprising of earthy tones of trench, bulrush, sisal and camel with more refreshing glimmers of metallic bronze and shades of pink.
For menswear, oversize collars are prominent on the smarter coats and jackets, whilst just as in the womenswear, bomber jackets make a humble return to the modern gentleman’s wardrobe. For me the stand outs amongst the menswear collection are the sculptural boat neck Aran sweater and the juxtaposing geometric print swimming shorts. More expectedly though, the tailoring is traditionally slim fit showing lots of tapered carrot leg trousers.
In closer details, houndstooth seersucker cotton is seen next to bonded exaggerated twill cotton and textured linen silk herringbone. Just as in womenswear, the colours remain neutral, however edge towards various grey, charcoal and black shades pronounced amongst the smarter tailoring of the suits.
As a whole, the Spring Summer Burberry Prorsum 2013 collection encompasses a revised set of staple items seen in past Burberry collections. Together, it offers a refreshingly modern and unassuming take on the classics that the brand knows have worked so well. Check out our Lookboook to see what items to keep your eye on for next summer.
Written by Grace Williams – 26/6/12