Burberry’s heritage is likely to be centuries outdated, however Christopher Bailey’s imaginative and prescient for the model is relentlessly forward-thinking. Twenty-four hours earlier than the lights went up on the Burberry Prorsum runway, a sneak peek of the gathering was staged on Snapchat. Having not too long ago introduced a partnership with Apple Music, it appears the CEO and chief artistic is forging forward with different tech and sound alliances too, and attendees of right this moment’s present had been handled to a mini live performance by Alison Moyet, a video of which can be launched solely with the music-sharing service.

Performing with a 32-piece orchestra, Moyet’s ethereal vocals set the darkly romantic tone of the present, and the primary mannequin was wearing head-to-toe black—a thigh-grazing lace minidress, traditional trenchcoat, sporty rubber-soled sandals, and a nylon backpack. That mishmash of techy sportswear and delicate vintage-inspired eveningwear was minimize with militaristic particulars all through: Peacoats got here studded with brass, Sgt. Pepper–type regimental buttons, and slinky satin silk skirts have been completed with metallic cording of the sort you may discover on a soldier’s uniform. The truth is, they have been made by the identical embroiderers that adorn the coats of the Queen’s Guard, only a stone’s throw away at Kensington Palace. Clearly homegrown manufacturing values are nonetheless on the agenda, and far of the lace was made within the U.Ok., too.

Bailey by no means fails to maintain the larger image in thoughts, although, and he defined backstage after the present that, for him, the thought of conventional seasons has basically grow to be out of date: Displaying these fairly ’40s-inspired slips with a comfortable, sheared mink coat in addition to gentle summer time trenchcoats is smart in a world market.

And talking of slip dressing—a pattern that has been inescapable on either side of the pond—Kate Moss, the girl who took the look to the world stage within the ’90s, was sitting within the entrance row subsequent to London’s present reigning cool woman Cara Delevingne. With a social media following within the hundreds of thousands, the mannequin turned actress has an unlimited sphere of affect. The counterintuitive styling of the present, the place a hoodie and a bias-cut silk costume can fortunately coexist within the house of 1 look, had fashionable verve and spoke to the type of #OOTDs that dwell in her Instagram feed. After the Web frenzy for Burberry’s Fall 2015 monogrammed blanket, the model’s new nylon backpack, which was embroidered with Delevingne’s initials and sat in her lap at the moment, is prone to go viral simply as shortly.

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