In quintessentially English style, Burberry opened with rain. Pouring, pelting, drenching rain, projected onto the back wall with a noise that quite literally drowned out all other sounds. The weather, it would seem, had been on Christopher Bailey’s mind. Looking through the company’s archives, Bailey discovered a series of early 60s campaign images that depicted men in the elements – rain, wind and snow. And thus in quintessentially Burberry style, the Fall 2011 collection was a celebration of coats.
They came served up by the dozen, and the offering was broad. Think of a coat and it was there – in all manner of colours – and no two were the same. There were Swanndri-esque red and black check coats in blanket wool, duffel coats in puffy yellow down and double breasted coats in dark fur. Oversized herringbone coats with fur trim, yellow vinyl raincoats and camel trench coats. Each was paired with a pair of narrow charcoal trousers and Christopher Bailey’s take on Doc Martens – the boots featured a zip up front while the lowtops were brogued or tasseled, some with chunky white soles.
With perfect ring composition, the show closed with rain. Pouring, pelting, drenching rain, this time quite literally falling from the ceiling. It was a thrilling moment for all concerned – none more so than the models. Their clear plastic raincoats kept them dry, but you couldn’t wipe the grins off their faces.