London Fashion Week: Burberry gets sentimental over Jean Shrimpton
For the fall Burberry Prorsum show, designer Christoper Bailey got sentimental over British fashion model Jean Shrimpton, symbol of the 1960s youthquake, according to show notes.
He sent out models in mod, cow-print flat caps, round sunglasses, sculptural, drop-shoulder coats and cropped cape jackets that brought to mind vintage Balenciaga and Courreges.
The coats came in every conceivable bright color, as well as black-and-white windowpane checks, with bubble backs, gathered back pleats or leather martingale belts
Adding to the retro look: Zip-front mini-dresses, flared pants and tweedy leggings worn with tunics with puffball fur sleeves. It was a cute show, especially with the snow falling on the finale. And Bailey was right to keep the focus on outerwear. (Which is what people really look to the brand for anyway.) But the double-layer fabrics and heavy twills were miles away from the seasonless clothes so many shoppers are looking for these days, even from Burberry.
-- Booth Moore in London
Photos: Looks from the Burbery fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during London Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times