Burberry's Spring 2015 collection felt like a S/S 2009 deja vu, when the runway was filled with earthy gardening clothes in dark autumn hues. But ever since Christopher Bailey started to helm the label, he transformed the British house known for their trademark trench coats to a sleek global fashion empire. And so the S/S 2015 was themed "Birds and Bees", a garden-inspired collection that was more flora than earth, lighting up Kensington Gardens with bright punchy hues and whimsical details, while the Hyde Park glass roofs were adorned with a vivid mix of floral and insect prints.
Like a little girl floating around a well-manicured meadow, the models sauntered down the runway in a collection of coats and dresses featuring a more graphic and less painteresque version of last Fall's motifs. True to his "feeling of freedom", the looks were stripped of any complicated heels, and were instead replaced with a hybrid of the shoes du jour : Birkenstocks and the simple white sneaker. Ever since S/S 2013 Celine and S/S 2014 Dior/Chanel made them chic again, they have been scouted on many a runway across the seasons and now, they've made their way as a literal walking rainbow to Burberry. But why not, because the show was all about a uber-chic summer party in the park, and sporty colour-blocking footwear could not fit the bill better.
Delicate sheer gossamer dresses were the main idea this season, many of them tiered, ruched, wing pleated with tulle or even cinched with dainty swatches of fabric, almost like how flowers bunches are tied. Jacket collars were furred to the colour of fresh mimosa and diaphanous pencil skirts abundantly sequined, while drawing on the joys of countryside spring, the clothes were peppered with bug embellishments and iridescent textures.
Trenches have always been like the centrepiece of Burberry's collections, but gasp, this season it actually took a backseat to the denim jacket. The gloss-paneled, ostrich-feathered piece was the outerwear to many looks, and with the dark berry lip gloss, gave a whole new edge to the gorgeous bohemian hues that cascaded down the runway. But Bailey gave the trench its moment, and sent a bevy of suede/linen trenches with high-gloss patent trimmings as its finale, inspired by vintage bookcover nature art and hand screened in the most vibrant shades of red, blue green and pink.
Burberry Spring 2015 was a delightful mix of Britpop attitude and a softer, more feminine take on the countryside. Sure, it wasn't as athletic and graphic like a lot of shows this season, but it definitely wasn't any less powerful, and with the rich array of shades from poppy red to cobalt blue, it's definitely a collection worthy celebrating.