Everyone knows I have a slight crush on Penelope Cruz. I even endured the full run time of Zoolander 2 just to get my fix. So when I heard that the future Mrs Davies was attending the Burberry Show at London Fashion Week, I was double excited. In fact, the audience was a veritable who's who of A-List stars that included Naomi Campbell, Tinie Tempah, Anna Wintour, Suki Waterhouse and Olivia Palermo.
The show featured Burberry’s 'Ready to Wear' Autumn / Winter 2017 collection and further cemented Christopher Bailey's rise to stardom which has been 16 years in the making. Bailey joined Burberry as Design Director in May 2001 and from the outset his creative vision was applied to all aspects of the brand. He was responsible for all collections, brand imagery, consumer-facing activities incorporating product design and development, creative marketing, architecture, consumer technology and digital innovation. Now, as Chief Creative Officer and Chief Executive Officer, he has the responsibility for creating and delivering the next chapter in Burberry’s global vision and business strategy.
The show was inspired by British sculptor Henry Moore, whose famed bronze sculptures, often of reclining figures, are renowned public artworks all over the world. The show was kicked off by singer Anna Calvi who burst out onto a balcony above the runway with an electric guitar. She performed two songs before smashing a cover of Christine and the Queen's “iT” as the artist herself bopped along in appreciation from the front row.
The star-studded audience were wowed by seventy-nine looks, all utilising a neutral palette of white, ivory, navy, and gray fabrics. The collection included deconstructed knitwear and sweaters worn under strings of oversized pearls, extravagant shoulder pieces that were embroidered with pearls, feathers, lace and other elaborate embellishments and lace blouses inspired by the delicacy of the maquettes Moore made out of sticks and straw.
Check out my favourite looks below: