Burberry Prorsum Spring / Summer 2013 - London Fashion Week
So my stint at Burberry Prorsum is over, I’m immensely saddened to be leaving the PR desk but also extremely grateful for the experience yet, relieved about no longer having to endure the 8am tube from which violent smells emit, tinned music engulfs and elbow dropping thrives.
It’s only fitting that I put up my favourite pieces from this wonderfully positive and gregarious collection. Christopher Bailey and Angela Ahrendts’ impeccable timing bursts colour and light into what was looking like a bleak economic future for this British treasure. I can’t tell you enough how exciting show day was, my first day I was hastily handed Prorsum heels and simply asked “you can manage in those right?” I nodded still shocked I was being handed a years worth of my rent to ‘look the part’ and wear home.
Key pieces for me were the see-through elements woven throughout the show. From the tiny transparent cubic clutches to the incredible orange see-through mini cape (which by the way is just the illest thing I’ve ever seen) it was all a nod to the glorious unpredictability of the British summer. Those pieces were for me only matched by the backless peacock feather jumper teamed with a metallic purple leather pencil skirt.
SS13 however is all about the reinvention of the trench, the exquisite tailoring and change to a more form fitting 40’s look is inspired by Christopher looking through Burberry archives of corsets from that era. The collection is also peppered with skirt like capes, whether oversized or mini these pieces draped themselves daintily on the shoulders of each model. As much as we all love the classic trench it was important for Burberry to really take on the meaning of ‘Prorsum’ which in Latin means forward. Forward moving it definitely was, exhibited in the loud foil sweet wrapper trenches in fuchsia, cerulean, green, gold that marched down the runway and heralded the end of the show whilst marking a real exciting new beginning for Prorsum.