Burberry’s creative director Christopher Bailey, says goodbye to the brand after 17 years of service with a last heartfelt collection for Burberry Spring 2018 RTW.
The show took place in a large brick venue filled with bold swaying spotlights suspended from the ceiling created by United Visual Artists in collaboration with the brand, paired with giant prism rainbow lasers that displayed a beautiful collage of colors while the models revealed the collection on the catwalk. The audience was filled with big celebrity names, including Chelsea Clinton, Alexa Chung, Zendaya, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, and Keira Knightley.
In a statement, Bailey shared the collection would offer a message that was near-and-dear to his heart- the LGBTQ+ community,
“My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to — and in support of — some of the best and brightest organizations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world. There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity.”
The range consisted of a nostalgic take on Burberry couture in the 80s and 90s with a touch of rainbow chic. Featuring baggy shell suits with little to no structure, shimmery cocktail dresses in various lengths, over-sized coed zip front jackets in bold hues and patterns, and check jackets that have an eerie feel of classic Burberry in the 80’s.
The collection also had a vast amount, of coats and jackets that made a statement including shiny, modern aviator jackets, colorful capes and ponchos, grungy parkas and trendy military coats that demanded the attention of the audience.
The highlights of the show consisted of long white, skirts and dresses with rainbow embellishments, sweaters, and coats with fabric paint splattered creating intricate designs in daring hues, along with rainbow handbags, sneakers, and hats. Additionally, there was the show-stopping floor-length, rainbow, faux-fur, patchwork cape with checked lining modeled by Cara Delevingne that closed the show.
After 17 years of helping mold Burberry into the brand that it is today, Bailey said goodbye with a daring range that will be talked about for years to come.
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