Burberry Brings Back Boho With a Riot of Patchwork and Prints
If other London Fashion Week designers embraced the 1970s, Christopher Bailey got down on one knee, confessed his undying love, and proposed. The Burberry show, titled "Patchwork, Pattern and Prints" was a riot of late '60s and early '70s folksy bohemia, from the tiered floral skirts and full-length coats to printed trench coats inspired by Durham quilts, shearling jackets, and heavily embroidered ponchos. Even the live Clare Maguire soundtrack, which included a cover of George Harrison's 1970 hit "My Sweet Lord," was era-appropriate.
There was so much to see in terms of print and embellishment that this show requires a much closer second look, but needless to say, the long smock dresses with jewels and mirrors (think Talitha Getty in Morocco) will be big hits, as will more modern cutout dresses in bold jewel-hued prints, and all those perfect Burberry trenches in shades of teal, burnt orange, and tan. Front-row attendee Kate Moss visibly brightened at the sight of heavily fringed suede coats and capes that perfectly fit her rocker-boho image, while we can see Burberry girl Suki Waterhouse in the soft green lace dress with a crochet collar detail. And then there were the accessories, including a new fringed bucket bag, monogram scarves, and leopard-print totes, all of which made it straight onto our wish lists. It's been a while since boho was a trend we could get behind, but we might just have been persuaded by Burberry!