London Fashion Week: Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012

Christopher Bailey has become the master of making old things new again and for Spring, he gave classic Burberry styles a handmade touch with beading, woven materials, artisanal detailing and so much more, truly showing his love for craftsmanship and original design.

There was an exuberance to the pieces that I loved, even though they captured designs and silhouettes of the past. Though form-fitting silhouettes were shown, Christopher chose to keep the collection more ladylike with hemlines falling below the knee. Tribal influences resounded in coloring, prints and beading, with the latter showing up on belts cinching the waists of pleated dresses on Melodie Monrose and Kinga Rajzak and trenches on Cara Delevigne (the Full Skirt Trench Coat – $3595) and Edie Campbell (the Geometric Beaded Trench Coat – $8000), as well as on the sky-high colorful wedges that were paired with so many of the looks. It was such an interesting juxtaposition between Burberry’s signature pieces, tribal influences and the modernity that the brand captures every season. Truly a blend of totally different references that worked very well together.

Though a Spring collection, there was a plethora of outerwear shown from cropped jackets to the parka, which will surely be one of the most coveted styles from among the pieces shown. It is clear that Christopher Bailey wants to put it in the same realm as the treasured Burberry trench and I have to admit: he did a great job on selling it. My favorite was the Oversize Woven Cocoon Parka ($4995) on Shu Pei Qin: perfect with denim skinnies and riding boots, or just as chic with a printed pencil skirt as shown on the runway.

I would love to see Brits including Adele, Alexa Chung and Emma Watson in these looks.

Through the links above, you can shop the Spring 2012 collection now, until September 26th. Visit www.burberry.com for more information and see more looks from the Spring 2012 collection below.

*Images courtesy of Style.com.

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