Every season the Burberry Prorsum show is just that, a show. This year, however, double duty CEO and creative director Christopher Bailey made sure that the brand lived up to the hype of being London Fashion Week’s marquee event, complete with an impressive as usual front row roster–Anna Wintour, Harry Styles, Tinie Tempah, and Naomie Harris were all spotted this season. This year, instead of the rain and snow that fell down on the runway during past seasons, U.K. artist Paloma Faith’s voice serenaded the attendees and models alike. And as Cara Delevigne led the girls down the runway for the finale we got to see the full splendor of the parade of personalized blankets that adorned each model.
The blankets cropped up earlier in the presentation as well. They were tossed over the shoulders of looks, adding pops of print to monochromatic trenches to match the visual interest of printed bags, the most notable of which was the handpainted Bloomsburg (shown above), a new shape for the brand.
Looks without the blankets frequently came paired with thin, printed scarves that seemed of comparable size, trailing behind models as they walked. The scarves were bound together tightly at the waist with floral embroidered dresses, full-length, shearling-lined trench coats, and even cozy fur outerwear by skinny, printed belts that outlined the feminine silhouette we so often see from Burberry Prorsum, even under the heaviest of layers.
The summation of all of those elements was Bailey’s inspiration: a boho chic girl, for which both the new handbag and this collection was named, “The Bloomsbury Girls.” These Bloomsbury girls, muses of the Bloomsbury Group–influential intellectuals, artists, philosophers, and writers in 20th century England–made for a decidedly free flowing, visually appealing, slightly earthy, and silently sensual collection.
Check out some of our favorite looks from the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2014 collection.