London Fashion Week: Black Models & African Prints a Hit on Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012 Runway (Pics Inside!)

No one does a double-breasted trench better than Burberry. No one. But sharply tailored raincoats with attractive military accents is not the only thing the British line is good for.

Christopher Bailey, the label’s designer, deserves the highest praise for the Spring 2012 collection he debuted in London yesterday. Simply put, the artistic portfolio was carefully crafted—upbeat fashion meets tribal exotica. All 52 looks had an ethnic edge, from the geometric wooden baubles strewn about necklines and sculpted sheaths boasting pretty African prints, to the brimmed pom-pom raffia hats and leopard platform wedges—we love it all.

Bailey sent a bevy of voluminous outerwear down the catwalk for Spring as well: printed parkas with raffia trimmed hoods, belted anaroacks with woven leather sleeves and berry colored boleros with loads of layers.

We’d be remiss if we did not acknowledge our beloved brown beauties, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls and Melodie Monrose, who brought an authentic edge to the impressive collection, making the fashion feel attainable for ordinary women of color across the globe.

Flip through the gallery to see some of our favorite looks (they’re plenty!)

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