Since Christopher Bailey announced his departure, the thoughts on everyone’s minds were that of anticipation for his swansong — his last show. That being said, it in itself already feels like a grand finale every season, considering the theatrics that go behind perfecting the act: the extravagant venue, exclusive guest lists and star-studded front row.
Titled ‘Time’, it marked 17 brilliant years of his reign at Burberry, shaping and transforming what we now deem ‘quintessentially British’. It felt like all seriousness had been stripped away, leaving behind ripples of nostalgia as seen in the reiterations of what he once abhorred. The collection was an ode to ’80s and ’90s British street culture, ‘the past, present and future’, with the reinvention of its signature checks by weaving colours of the rainbow, a symbol of the LGBTQ+ community, into the classic print.
Who better to open such a socially-conscious show than founder of Gurls Talk and model, Adwoa Aboah, who only days ago kickstarted LFW with a speech as the British Fashion Council’s Positive Fashion ambassador for model health and diversity.
Bailey revisited and reinvented what was once considered a uniform of the ‘chavs’ to now through imagined bootlegged versions with check visors, graffiti print dresses and even the brand’s initial ‘Burberrys’ logo emblazoned across sweatshirts in a striking array of rainbow hues.
It was a technicolour display, as Cara Delevingne closed the show donning a furry rainbow cape lined with the house’s signature check. Hugs and kisses were aplenty for Christopher Bailey, as he took his last walk down the catwalk. A round of applause, a standing ovation, the end of a legacy but it still felt like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
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