Monday, February 24, 2014

Inspired by Burberry AW14

Now I know fashion week festivities are still going on, but I want to talk about last week's Burberry Autumn/Winter 14 show in London. The show really inspired me with all of its bohemian, navajo prints and crafty painted pieces. The AW14 collection is still true to its British tailoring but includes more flowing dresses, skirts, scarves and ponchos that are refreshing to see. When I think of Burberry I still think of trench coats and tartan plaid, but since Christopher Bailey took over as creative director in 2001, the Prorsum collections have been a lot edgier and modern--the AW14 collection being a prime example. To add to the show's already folky vibe, performers Ed Harcourt, Rhodes and Paloma Faith sang live as the models walked the runway. Here's a glimpse:
The collection still uses the Burberry tailored trench as usual, but the hand painted details speak to past modernist art with swirling strokes along the fabric, giving the classic piece an update. I love the paisley, floral and water color patterns and flowing fabrics mixed with navajo printed ponchos and bags. The shoes look hand painted, as well, although the photos don't show them up close. Are you drooling at the screen yet?
Maybe I'm just slow in getting to know Burberry's more modern and artsy side, but I'm loving these structured bags with homemade details. Each one of the models walked with a geometric print poncho shown above with his or her initials on it during the show finale. Model, Cara Delevigne above is wearing hers closing the show. This may be the one time I wish I had a model's job just so I can get my hands on one of those personalized ponchos and hand painted bags. I can dream right? Or maybe I'll attempt to make my own. The collection has definitely given me some inspiration in that even designer brands can change and mix different styles to create a whole new awesome thing. The mix of classically tailored pieces and bohemian, arty patterns is a win-win in my book. See the full show here!
Stay tuned for some navajo print in my wardrobe later this week!

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