Along with several other designers, it seems as though film director Wes Anderson may have been on Christopher Bailey's mind while developing what the Prorsum man would be wearing come fall. I can just imagine Adrian Brody and Ralph Fiennes frantically running through the streets of a quaint imagined ghetto draped in any one of these haute looks. The show had a moody, nostalgic warmth, and the overall look was eclectic boho, and for the most part, decidedly smart.
Perhaps an Anderson influenced Bailey sent his Prorsum man off to India on a gap year... And he's now come home clad in a wardrobe layered in embroidery, paisley, and florals. He's luxuriously draped in in long-fringed shawls, and he's glistening with tiny mirrored embellishments on -- well just about everything. And so far the critics have been overjoyed with both the collection and the overall cinematic styling of what Mr. Bailey presented.
Yet for me the collection was lacking the cohesion and precise editing that I've come to expect under Bailey's tenure at Burberry. For instance, the pronounced role of leopard print inserted into a collection of otherwise beautifully chosen eclectic patterns and rich textures. Off brand or stop too far down Eccentric Road I'm still not sure, but it just didn't sit right among the rest. Additionally, the high-pile fabrics used in pullovers, coats and jackets presented rather odd, unflattering, and boxy silhouettes while also making the impression that on his way back from India this chap might have popped into a low-budget, 1970's sci-fi TV series set in outer space...
All that being said, there was more than plenty to love and buy. Prorsum is still the place to get your statement outerwear and totes for fall. No one does those two categories better. The gorgeously mirrored scarves, coats and tops throughout the collection are nothing short of must have. But where Chris really shined in his work for fall are the understated Indian/Boho inspired prints that layer wonderfully and create a solid base for the eclectic attitude of the collection.
Select images from the show below, and the full video of the F/W 2015 Burberry Prorsum presentation far below.
[Photos via Style]