A star-packed front row is exactly what we expect of Burberry, arguably one of the most important shows on the autumn/winter schedule.
In addition to Samantha Cameron, the prime minister’s wife, notable guests included Clémence Poésy, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Mario Testino, Will.i.am, Kate Bosworth and Eddie Redmayne, alongside Vogue editors Anna Wintour and Franca Sozzani. Yet it was a little-known Korean band, Girls’ Generation, that brought screams from the considerable crowd of fashion fans outside the venue, a huge clear plastic tent in Kensington Gardens.
The showroom was buzzing with anticipation at the new collection. In recent years, Burberry has created international appeal from its traditional English sensibility and this season designer Christopher Bailey produced one of his strongest collections yet, full of traditional tweed, corduroy and mac jackets. The genius was in the details, with charmingly eccentric touches like oversized field pockets, umbrellas with animal-head handles, leather bow belts and quilted handbags. This was Victorian country Britain with a gritty, urban London edge.