Wearable, well-tailored clothing in rich colors made up the bulk of Christopher Bailey's Resort 2013 collection for Burberry. "We played with textures and prints and wove trench references, sartorial detailing and these little hints of corsetry throughout the evening dresses, suiting and our iconic outerwear," Christopher Bailey, Burberry's chief creative officer explained. To that end, women's trousers feature paper-bag waists and pleating, and the shapes and variations on the house's functional knitwear have an updated spin. The same can be said of the men's selection, which features lightweight suits, seersucker pants, and cotton poplin shirts. But it's the color palette of the collection — which ranges from metallic gold and dusty rose for ladies to royal blue and rich olive for the boys — that give the collection a luxurious depth and feel.
>> To fete the opening of its new flagship store in Taipei, Taiwan, Burberry invited guests to step into a custom-built multimedia display called Burberry World Live.
"It's basically the whole concept of the brand wrapped in one experience and a big celebration of the multifaceted jewel that is Burberry," the brand's creative director Christopher Bailey told Vogue UK. "It's a celebration of Britishness all around the globe."
That celebration took place inside a cylindrical structure outside the Taipei store — which is housed in Taipei 101, the world's third largest skyscraper. British musician Tom Odell performed there live for the first time, just before the structure's video screens surrounded guests with a short film showcasing everything Burberry is famous for — models walked along backdrops wearing the brand's classic trench coats and umbrellas, the perfect defense against computer-generated rain and Fall leaves.
Burberry created a similar experience in Beijing last year when it showed its Fall 2011 collection on a holographic runway. The Burberry World Live experience will tour London, Hong Kong, and Chicago later this year. For now, take a look at a video of the experience below, and then click through to see pictures of the party in the gallery.
Photos courtesy of Burberry
Designer Christopher Bailey is a man of his word. Back in 2010, we spoke to the Burberry creative director when Burberry Beauty first launched at Nordstrom. At the time, the line had no foundations for women with dark skin tones, but Bailey promised that some were on the way. Now, the makeup line has delivered, with four new foundation shades for darker skin tones. "People like the fact that it's light and breathable," Bailey said of the foundation. "The whole philosophy of it is that it enhances you, rather than covers you." Expect to see that — plus more of the Spring 2012 beauty look — in the brand's new campaign, featuring British model Jourdan Dunn.
>> Christopher Bailey was in a demure state of mind while designing the Burberry Pre-Fall 2012 collection. Colors are muted, waists are nipped while hemlines run longer, and half of the evening gown options have sleeves. A whiff of the '30s also runs through, between the chrysanthemum print dresses and the ruched bow belts that played a part in almost every look.
Kate Bosworth gave her boyfriend Michael Polish the look of love last night at the launch of Burberry's Body fragrance in LA. It was her and Michael's second fashion outing in the last week, as they also cozied up at last Thursday's Vogue's 2011 CFDA Fashion Fund finalist celebration. Kate and Michael were joined yesterday by Burberry designer Christopher Bailey and Rachel Zoe. Rachel was decked out in a teal trench from Christopher's collections, and she tweeted that the event was, "Way fun!" Kate also found a minute to catch up with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who's the face and body of the Burberry scent.
If you ever wondered what London's take on the tribal trend would look like, look no further. "Joyous, upbeat, nostalgic" were the words Christopher Bailey used to describe his Spring collection for Burberry Prorsum, and that's exactly what it looked like as models strutted down the runway in an array of brightly colored trench coats, African-inspired printed sheath dresses, and, most notably, a cool array of parka jackets embellished with leather sleeves, whipstitch, and crochet detailing. Pretty pleated knee-length skirts and silk dresses injected a throwback touch while raffia pom hats, colorful woven wedges, and bold statement necklaces furthered Bailey's exotic theme. Check out more details from the collection below.
- Trends: Colored trench coats, tribal-print dresses, glamorous parka jackets.
- Colors: Orange, purple, peacock blue, green, mustard yellow.
- Key Look: The elevated parkas will be a Spring must have.
- Accessories: Pom raffia hats, colorful woven wedges and peep-toe pumps, whipstitch bags, bold statement necklaces.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls who crave color and statement jackets.
>> Colorful abstract tribal prints, raffia, wooden beads, and crochet detailing populate Burberry's Resort 2012 collection — alongside the requisite handful of trenchcoats, of course. “With our iconic heritage as the foundation, we really wanted to emphasize this feeling of artisanal and decorative pieces that had been touched by hand, celebrating craftsmanship but always with a playful element,” Christopher Bailey explained of the collection's inspiration.
Watch Highlights From Burberry's Visual Effect-Heavy Beijing Show, in Which Models Appear to Disappear
For its first event in China in 10 years (and in celebration of a new Beijing flagship), Burberry gathered more than 1,000 guests in front of the massive stage at Beijing Television Center last night to showcase its Fall 2011 collection. Virtual image technologies — holograms, projections, and animations — were used on the runway, creating the illusion of models disappearing, switching looks, or transforming into snow clouds as they walked by one another. Some models were even joined by holograms of themselves.
Christopher Bailey, a heavy proponent of pushing the envelope with technology, said yesterday morning: “I love the vehicle of technology. I love using it as a platform in which to communicate the ideas, the attitude, the spirit of the company. Sometimes as an industry, perhaps we think it is not a legitimate channel in which to speak to people. I just don’t really agree with it. Fashion is supposed to be about making things relevant. Yes, it is luxury. Yes, it is aspiration. Yes, it is supposed to be inspiring. But I think there is nothing more inspiring than talking digitally, because you can get attitude, you can get music, you can get sound, you can get video and movement. You can actually articulate so much of your brand using this medium.”
Highlights from the show in the video above.
>> Christopher Bailey is set to show his Fall 2011 collection for Burberry Prorsum today and you don't need a ticket to view the show. Check out the livestream right here — the show is set to start at 11am EST — to see the action as it happens straight from Kensington Gardens, London!