Burberry has been in something of a reboot mode for the past several seasons: There was the move to a "see now, buy now" model, as well as a physical move, changing show venues from Hyde Park to Maker's House.
That sense of starting over bled into the brand's February 2017 collection. Following September 2016's print- and frill-filled outing, inspired by "Orlando," the runway on Monday was downright spartan, with white and black garments serving as a focal point. That crisp, clean color palette allowed the details to really shine, from the architectural cut of the clothes to lushness of knits and sheers alike. Sailor stripes in red and blue and occasional abstract prints broke up the monochromatic looks. Bags served as doses of color and were quite covetable in top-handled shapes, and designer Christopher Bailey's take on the sock boot involved a sculptural heel that paid homage to the Henry Moore art that was scattered throughout the runway.
For the finale, each model wore a one-of-a-kind capelet in shades of white, each featuring a unique element, whether it be a molded rope, feathers or ornate crystals, which will be a lovely styling trick for editorial and red carpets. But it was the most wearable pieces — beautifully cut trenches and simple shirtdresses — that were the most successful. Particularly when it comes to the "see now, buy now" concept.
See the full Burberry February 2017 collection below: