LONDON (AP) - There was an annoying downpour outside, but inside Burberry's runway show at London Fashion Week there was no need for an umbrella: It was just raining fragrant rose petals.
LONDON (AP) — There was an annoying downpour outside, but inside Burberry's runway show at London Fashion Week there was no need for an umbrella: It was just raining fragrant rose petals.
All was romantic and cozy at Burberry Prorsum's spring preview, a graceful collection of feminine lace dresses and sheer floral pencil skirts, cashmere cardigans and organza shirts in pastel shades of rose, mint, lavender and cornflower blue.
Designer Christopher Bailey said he wanted to create a "soft, gentle and kind" mood with the collection.
"I wanted everything to feel like you are being enveloped in fabric," he said backstage after the show. "I wanted the collection to feel romantic, I wanted people to feel warmed by it."
There's still a sassiness and a sexiness to his designs. Bailey, who has been at the brand's helm for more than a decade and has overseen its transition from a fusty label to arguably Britain's most successful fashion house, added that he was aiming for the sensuousness of being wrapped in a soft blanket in the nude.
That played out on the catwalk as models wore nothing but loose unlined wool coats in simple clean shapes. Burberry may be best known around the world for its military-inspired beige trench coats, but those were nowhere in sight.
In their place there was a slim-line lavender lace belted coat, tailored jackets with rounded shoulders, and outerwear that only hinted at the trench with details like gun flaps and epaulettes.
Burberry's show is London Fashion Week's glitziest production. On Monday it drew singer Harry Styles and actresses Naomie Harris and Sienna Miller to be among the celebrities in its front row.