London Fashion Week’s womenswear shows came to end yesterday, as the biggest draw – Burberry Prorsum – delivered a pitch perfect collection by chief creative officer Christopher Bailey.
Giant collar shearling jackets had premium buyers predicting a huge outerwear season for autumn 10, with the support of military overcoats and parkas, and double-breasted navy jackets. If consumers – who were able to watch the show via a global live-streaming – are after an investment piece for next season, then a Burberry coat could be just the ticket.
Elsewhere, Bailey moved on Burberry’s spring 10 twisted rope theme with plenty of ruffles and ruching on dresses and pencil skirts.
For an autumn collection, there was plenty of colour, with berry tones, rich purple, camel and chocolate giving a warm feel to the pallette.
Earlier in the day, Jonathan Saunders predicted autumn 10 will be a wet one, as he sent models down the catwalk in casual rain macs over pleated skirts and dresses. Wet-look skirts and panels on jackets and chiffon tops continued the theme.
Like at many shows at London Fashion Week this season, texture was also key for Saunders, who played with leather and rubber-like fabrics, but also opted for tassels on skirts and tops.
The sports luxe look was accessorised with above-the-ankle boots and socks.
At Nathan Jenden, where former his boss Diane von Furstenberg took a front pew, the designer looked to the jungle for inspiration with animal-prints.
Structure, too, was key to the collection, with big collars on jackets and plenty of flaps, folds and tucks on jackets and dresses – the latter standing out as the product category of choice. From day to evening, Jenden’s dresses flattered the female form and varied from body con styles to long, almost maxi-like designs.
The designer didn’t hold back on colour either, with hot pink and kaleidoscopic prints prevalent across the collection.
LFW’s menswear shows take place today.