Burberry is one of my favourite British designers, never failing to captivate and entice the fashion world with its iconic innovative looks. At London Fashion Week the brand presented its September 2017 collection for men and women at the Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell.
This historic building, rich with history, was the perfect setting for the collection to be unveiled, taking place across two floors of the old courthouse which opened its doors for the first time since its restoration. Keeping with the vibe of the location and exciting atmosphere, guests were seated on a diverse selection of furniture from garden seating to bus shelter benches throughout the space, with walls left bare to show the history of the almost 250-year old building.
The models presented the show to a soundtrack by the Pet Shop Boys in front of a star studded audience which included Cara Delevingne, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jourdan Dunn, Iris Law, HOONY, MINO, Selah Marley, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Stormzy, Maya Jama, Hayett McCarthy, Koharu Sugawara, Glenda Jackson, Loyle Carner, Kris Wu, Zhao Dongyu, Olivia Cooke, Raffey Cassidy, Bel Powley, Jüergen Teller, Blondey McCoy, Billy Gilmour, Julie Adenuga, Jordan Vickors, Paul Hameline, Lennon Gallagher, Levi Dylan, Cleo Wade, Leo Mandella, Kelvin Bueno, Kurumi Emond, Wendy Yu, Serenay Sarikaya, and Tom Emmerson.
With the collection evoking true British style, it was a clash of textures, colours and silhouettes. It was a mash up of everything you might think wouldn’t work together, but ultimately did in a marvellous jaw-dropping way with outfits looking effortlessly put together for pure genius styling. Knits over lace gowns, tartan and plastic, ceremonial jackets reworked into skirts, oversized car coats with sealed seams and socks with everything.
These vibrant eccentric looks came in a colour palette of winter sorbet shades such as pink, green and blue as well as black, camel, red and navy. The signature Burberry check was very much apparent in the collection alongside key fabrics such as tartan and vintage check wool, Aran, Fair Isle and Argyle knits, plastic, faux fur, embroidered tulle and lace, sketch-print cotton, natural shearling and seam-sealed gabardine.
Of course there was an abundance of key accessories too! The giant reversible tote in tartan is ideal for those whose daily necessities have grown profusely as well as the satchel in leather and exotics.
Riveted clog boots with contrast laces, tartan sandals with cone heels and loafers with kiltie fringing were the shoes of choice for the show whilst extra-long chunky-knit scarves, fingerless gloves, Argyle socks, oversized crystal-chandelier earrings and brooches and baseball caps in vintage check and tartan perfectly finished off the captivating looks.
The latest make-up look and Runway Collection were also unveiled on the runway, complimenting the tartans, sheer fabrics and sorbet shades seen in the show.
‘Here We Are’ Exhibition
Inspired by the spirit captured in British social portraiture, the Burberry September 2017 collection was unveiled alongside over 200 works of some of the 20th century’s most celebrated social and documentary photographers, which form part of ‘Here We Are,’ the brand’s exhibition exploring the British way of life and character which opened on Monday 18th September until Sunday 1st October.
The co-curators of the exhibition Lucy Kumara Moore and Alasdair McLellan, were also in attendance to the Burberry show as well as ‘Here We Are’ exhibitors Gosha Rubchinskiy, Dafydd Jones, Brian Griffin, Homer Sykes, Daniel Meadows and Charlie Phillips.
Curated by Christopher Bailey, President and Chief Creative Officer, Burberry, and Lucy Kumara Moore, writer, curator and Director of Claire de Rouen, and co-curated by Alasdair McLellan, ‘Here We Are’ will include never-before-seen works by Shirley Baker, Ken Russell, Alasdair McLellan and Gosha Rubchinskiy.
Images © Courtesy of Burberry / Alasdair McLellan