"My mum was like, 'You cannot spend that amount of money on a coat,' and I was like 'No, you're right I can't, I can't.' And then literally it was months, months of thinking about it and thinking 'I'm not going to do it, I'm not going to do it.' But then she said 'Right, if you're going to buy it, you have to wear it all the time.'"
Burberry Fall 2011: Sunny Snow Day
LONDON--Christopher Bailey is an optimist. "I don't think it's been a negative time in fashion!" he exclaimed to a reporter after yesterday's lovely Burberry Prorsum show. By the time I got my chance to ask him a few questions, I already had a clear idea of his vision for Fall 2011: Early 1960s Burberry adverts starring Jean Shrimpton, and the weather. Those two references translated to a modern, cocoon-like silhouette and a finale that included clear--black patent leather piped--rain capes and "snow" falling from the rafters. (The first row's heads were covered in the confetti, including Anna Wintour's.) What is it with Brits and the weather? "I think because it's so changeable. I called my mum yesterday and she said that it was snowing in Yorkshire, which is only three hours away," he told me enthusiastically, as if it was the first question he'd been asked all day. "Here, it was kind of bright sunshine and somewhere else it's rainy. It changes so much that I think it's something that we've become obsessed about."