– By Nausheen Shah –
Burberry Prorsum never ceases to amaze London Town. Christopher Bailey and his team’s level of production is courageous to say the least. Just about everyone fancy’s a ticket to their oversized greenhouse in Kensington Gore yet only a select few get to personally witness the next level of the British Powerhouse.
“Trench Kisses,” appropriately named by Bailey for his Fall/Winter 2014 Burberry collection, was inspired by the house’s time-honored, classic styles and sixties beauty Christine Keeler. A motif of printed hearts flirted itself throughout the collection and most notably onto sleeveless sheath dresses, collared chemises and knickers layered under transparent rubber skirts. Animal prints were strongly represented in just about every look via leopard, jaguar and giraffe motifs. Burberry also followed suit with most collections this season with dominating metal accessories and leather worked pieces.
The show culminated in a surprise music performance that celebrated Burberry’s support of emerging British music talent. The runway opened up to reveal a stage with Tom Odell, 2013 Critics’ Choice BRIT award winner and Burberry Acoustic musician, accompanied by a choir of concert backing singers which served as the backdrop for the show finale.
The show also marked Burberry’s debut of Runway Made to Order, a service that offers custom-made outerwear and bags from the collection featuring personalized engraved nameplates. Runway coats and bags are now available for two weeks on Burberry’s website, for delivery in nine weeks.
Nausheen Shah is a New York based fashion designer turned stylist who has worked for the likes of Catherine Malandrino and Zac Posen. In her travels, Nausheen’s love of language, cuisine, art and interior design flourished, informing her unique, distinctive, and global style. She is a fashion contributor/luxury travel writer for the New York Post and also runs her own ‘fashion as a lifestyle’ blog – A Shah’s Life. Nausheen may be followed on Facebook @nausheenshahstylist and Twitter @nausheenshah.
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