Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012: Parkas, Prints and Kanye West in the Front Row

Burberry was the show to be at this week in London. The biggest venue we’ve been to all week--a tent set up in Kensington Gardens--was barely able to contain the star power of Kanye West (his second show of the day), Sienna Miller, Samantha “Sam Cam” Cameron, and a drop-dead-gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Fashion royalty was there, too, in the form of Anna Wintour, Olivier Theyskens, Rachel Zoe, and Mario Testino. The show live-streamed on multiple sources (including Fashionista!) and once again the label is putting the spring goods on sale right away--though you have to wait a few months before they ship. So what would we buy?
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Burberry was the show to be at this week in London. The biggest venue we’ve been to all week--a tent set up in Kensington Gardens--was barely able to contain the star power of Kanye West (his second show of the day), Sienna Miller, Samantha “Sam Cam” Cameron, and a drop-dead-gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Fashion royalty was there, too, in the form of Anna Wintour, Olivier Theyskens, Rachel Zoe, and Mario Testino. The show live-streamed on multiple sources (including Fashionista!) and once again the label is putting the spring goods on sale right away--though you have to wait a few months before they ship. So what would we buy?
Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

Burberry was the show to be at this week in London. The biggest venue we’ve been to all week--a tent set up in Kensington Gardens--was barely able to contain the star power of Kanye West (his second show of the day), Sienna Miller, Samantha “Sam Cam” Cameron, and a drop-dead-gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Fashion royalty was there, too, in the form of Anna Wintour, Olivier Theyskens, Rachel Zoe, and Mario Testino.

The show live-streamed on multiple sources (including Fashionista!) and once again the label is putting the spring goods on sale right away--though you have to wait a few months before they ship. So what would we buy?

Christopher Bailey’s collection could have been called “Fall Into Spring,” because it was the darkest palette we’ve seen this week, and stood out for being one of the few shows that didn’t offer us bright yellow. Plum, blue, and teal anchored the palette, and appeared in big patterns on intriguing dresses that were draped on the bias.

There was an artisanal feeling to the collection, with a rustic undertone. Raffia hoods and collars transformed the classic trench shape into something less structured, and wooden geometric beads adorned separates and coats alike. The detail on the beaded collars and basket-woven leather arms on jackets was pretty astounding.

So, without further ado, our top three wish-list items in case any of you are feeling generous:

1.) The black and khaki horizontally striped trench. 2.) The shoes! Wedges with beaded ankle straps were gorgeous. 3.) Any of the cropped, slouchy trench-meets-parka jackets.

We can wait a few months.

**All photos: Imaxtree