It is only yesterday that Burberry held in London its “February collection”,a ”see now-buy now” one that echoed couture in a ready-to-wear defined fashion week.
The show itself was inspired by the British artist Henry Moore and his semi-abstract sculptural work, with Christopher Bailey ‘translating’ three dimensional form aka sculpture and texture into clothes via elaborate pattern cutting,laces and shearlings. The whole collection was indeed an effort in creating shape through deconstruction,presenting ruffled shirts,trenches and capes inspired by the famous British artist and his aesthetics. “I enjoyed taking clothes and new silhouettes and using them to try and change the shape of the body” noted Bailey, adding, “the idea of proportion was very much at the heart of the show.”
The show closed with a finale of 78 unique capes ( a nod to Burberry’s archive) in styles designed to echo Moore’s expressive sculptures. Guests were afterwards able to view closer a selection of Moore’s sculptures which are to remain in situ at the brand’s Soho venue for the rest of the week, along with the aforementioned capes, (being intermediately put on display) by Tuesday at Maker’s House.Open to the public Feb. 21-27, the exhibition will tour the globe with planned stops in Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Christopher Bailey may streak as a tech-minded industry innovator yet this collection,straight from a former bookshop in Soho was an affair that resembled couture in its intimacy and most of all,in its celebration of craftsmanship or what looked like made by human hands.In a fashion world that’s trying to find its identity, there is Burberry’s take on fashion that showcases the crucial need for human inspiration and technological innovation to creatively reconnect.