Mood board: Tussled, torn, and at times tattered, Sarah Burton sent out a collection seeped in the patina of beautiful old age. Victorian-like frills, sharp shoulders and elongated lines characterised the collection, but were softened in feminine shades of blush and pink. Amongst all the ruching and tiers of fluttering chiffon, Burton also threw in some sporty tailored pieces, wide legged trousers and street-chain regalia.
Best in show: Wizardly workmanship continues to define the house under Burton’s watch. This season saw a flurry of very cool net body suit dresses with white yard stitching and cream frock coats and flounced dresses made from Indian-like textiles that glimmered with tiny mirror disc embroideries. Also noteworthy? The intricately encrusted denim wear and fantasy peacock lace gowns followed by tattered tulle.
Finishing touches: The footwear this season took a flight of fancy on wooden sandal platforms inlaid with shiny silver metal and vamps made from embroidered canvas. Every once in a while, things went down to the ground with the new urban vibe, including the new sneaker soled slip-on shoe. A girl’s gotta walk, after all.