Christopher Bailey left little to the imagination for Resort ’14 at Burberry Prorsum, as lean skirts and dresses rendered in delicate crochets and embroideries grew shockingly sheer. Constructed on full coverage briefs and bodysuits respectively, they seemed more poised for tweet-worthy red carpet turns than the occasions that we find ourselves regularly attending.
What can’t be argued is that their confectionary color palette, and delicate floral details were exquisite (and that they’ll probably be lined for production). The skirts worked beautifully with blouson sweaters that showcased experimental cut-outs in back; these would pair just as well with your favorite boyfriend jeans for the easiest of weekend chic looks. One could live in that outfit topped with this season’s reincarnation of the house’s signature trench coat; it’s lean and cut in a paper-bag tone khaki, embellished with metallic florets in a brassy-gold hue.
For the more adventurous, a lilac shrunken fur chubby in an artfully mottled pelt could be subbed in just as easily. Both options were in keeping with the Bailey sensibility for accessible directional outerwear. What felt new for Bailey and Burberry was the sheath-silhouetted dress story that the assortment so thoroughly explored. A muted sherbert-y strapless version was a standout not only for the collection, but the season.