LONDON (AP) - Burberry Prorsum has taken its classic trench coats on safari for a makeover.
LONDON (AP) — Burberry Prorsum has taken its classic trench coats on safari for a makeover.
In a catwalk show that drew stars such as Kate Beckinsale and Michelle Dockery to its front row Monday, the luxury British brand updated its coats with bold leopard and giraffe prints, cinched in with glossy gold belts.
Gold hardware was prominent elsewhere in the label's autumn collection. Leather skirts, tops and bags were punctuated all over with metal eyelets and short leather tassels.
There were also flirty heart-print silk blouses, wide horizontal block stripes, and quite surprisingly for a heritage brand like Burberry, tight, semi-opaque rubber latex pencil skirts.
Creative director Christopher Bailey said his inspiration was "classics mixed with Christine Keeler," an English showgirl who had an affair with a Conservative minister in the 1960s.
"I quite like that idea of taking something very established and very classic, with something that's a little bit naughty and sexy," he told The Associated Press after the show.
Bailey, who has been widely credited for turning the brand from a fusty conservative label to a trendy, internationally-coveted luxury brand, said he stuck to the classic Burberry colors: camel, oxblood, black and white with a shot of gold.
Models wore low kitten wedges, which seemed to divide opinion among the high-heel wearing fashion pack.
Other front row guests included model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, actress Freida Pinto and musician Tinie Tempah.
Burberry headlined a whirlwind day at London Fashion Week, which also saw Tom Ford, Christopher Kane and Erdem displaying their latest designs.