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Catwalk Review: Burberry Spring/Summer 2012

21/09/2011 17:17 | Updated 22 May 2015
Catwalk Review: Burberry Spring/Summer 2012Photo: PA

WHO? Christopher Bailey for Burberry

IN A NUTSHELL: On first impression it looked like Bailey's collection was inspired by African tribal dress thanks to the profusion of bright batik and block prints, crochet and raffia weaves, and heavy linens. But it turns out that his inspiration was drawn from much closer to home: the intricate fabrics created by Burberry's factory in Castleford and the textile designs of sculptor Henry Moore (who knew?!) to be precise. "I'm interested in the relationship between 'slow' artisan crafts and the fast pace of technology", he told us after the show, "I don't see why they can't coexist."

The collection was brimming with Burberry classics created in tactile fabrics - but Bailey didn't seem to be feeling all that summery; rich shades of aubergine, teal, burgundy and ochre ruled. This was perhaps a nod to the fact that many pieces of the collection will available to customers' within just a few weeks. Part heritage brand, but technological renegade, this season Burberry debuted its 'tweetwalk' show, which saw model looks hit twitter before they hit the runway.

BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: The raffia trimmed parkas and the raffia weave trenches were our hero pieces.

F-ROW: Er - everyone and anyone, including Kanye, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Paul and Nat Weller and Sienna Miller.

See a video of the show here:

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