Pre-fall usually offers a glimpse of what's in a designer's head for fall, and Christopher Bailey is clearly having a sedate, tweedy, ladylike reverie. And for a fashion house whose bread and butter is the trench coat, Burberry probably breathes a little easier when there's a nip in the air. The coats are always the anchor of a Burberry collection, and this one includes a lovely mix of wool and tweed with a bit of mink thrown in for good measure. With muted, dusty colors like mustard, blue sage, and charcoal, you can imagine a bunch of people hanging out at an English country house wearing this collection.
The dresses feature cinched waists, a bit of a puffy sleeve, and a rather demure skirt length--all very 1930's Wallis Simpson-esque. Many of the evening gowns have sleeves. (Is Burberry Prorsum courting the Kate Middleton with this collection?) The coats are sleek and dark without a lot of extra ornamentation, which is a 180-degree turn from their Spring 2012 collection. Fur is used with a controlled hand, mostly showing up on collars.
All-in-all, a very grown up and beautifully wearable collection. Click through to see the looks for men and women.