Rainbow metallics reign supreme at Burberry show

Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:37pm EDT
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By Li-mei Hoang

LONDON (Reuters) - Designer Christopher Bailey sent his models down the runway in an explosion of rainbow-colored metallic trench coats as part of his latest spring/summer collection for Burberry.

Models strode the catwalk in corsets, pencil skirts and sleek silk dresses in raspberry pinks, emerald greens and sapphire blues, laced with a metallic edge.

Trench coats, a Burberry staple which reaches back to the company's foundation, appeared in a variety of different forms. Classic styles were covered in colored metallic lace, capes came in both long and short versions and cropped jackets came with boxy shoulders and slim silhouettes.

The collection was inspired by Norman Parkinson photographs from the 1940s and 50s, Bailey said.

Burberry's chief creative officer said he looked into the archives for inspiration, where he found corsets and capes the brand had produced in the early 1900s, and combined the elements to create his latest collection.

"The collection was a bit more joyful and quite sassy and a bit sexy," Bailey told reporters backstage.

"It's about taking those kind of authentic signature DNA elements from what Burberry is about, our heritage and our history. But then making them, of the moment and kind of giving them a spirit."

Burberry held three events to celebrate their latest collection, which incorporated live video streaming and social media across the world to its fans.   Continued...

Models present creations from the Burberry Spring/Summer 2013 collection at London Fashion Week September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett