How long has it been since we've seen Burberry's famous plaid actually sweep across one of its own runways? That unmistakeable signature, seen roped around a sea of necks on every high street in the world, has been a no-show in Christopher Bailey's shows of late. Until now, that is. In his Fall 2013 collection dubbed ‘I ♥ Classics’, the plaid made a subtle return to the stage on cropped scarf-ettes and on the ends of duffle bags decked out in leopard-printed ponyskin. Greater than this checked pattern, perhaps, are the traditional outerwear shapes upon which Burberry has made its name and those came in the form of trenches, duffels, Chesterfields, cabans, bomber jackets and even, donkey jackets. The selection was dazzling, made more so by the elegant hand with which they were treated - glossy ponyskin exteriors, or animal print interiors on nylon or canvas wool coats. The leopards and zebras made quite an impression, shaking the classics out of their staid past and adding some fever even to the flat lace-up shoes under foot.
Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans Words: J.J Martin