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I spent most of today lounging on my bed watching the live streams from London Fashion Week (after helping Mum take some stuff to the tip - my life is too glam for words), and I was going to blog about a few shows in one post, but then I watched Burberry at 4 o'clock and I knew it needed a post all to itself. Now I know Burberry is never groundbreaking, but Christopher Bailey just always gets it so right. Fashion doesn't have to be crazy and in your face every time, sometimes beautiful crafsmanship, a stunning silhouette and lovely little touches are all you need - and Burberry's A/W'13 collection has all this by the bucketload.
I would honestly wear every single piece which came down the catwalk - ok maybe I couldn't pull off the translucent PVC-look pencil skirt, but if you gave me it I'd give it a damn good try! It's all just so wearable and flattering - the midi length still very much ruling the roost into next year, and creating a lady-like silhouette when paired with a nipped-in waist. Burgundy always works for A/W, and Burberry sent out sculpted dresses, clutches, shirts, and of course their trademark trenches in that luscious berry hue. Camel, another winter winner, also featured in leather tops, fisherman knits and, you guessed it, more coats - I especially love the leopard coat with a block of camel at the bottom. (Zara currently have a similar coat in leopard and black in the sale, and I may just have to grab it now I know it'll still be on trend next year!)
In fact, leopard print was all over this collection, and I am firmly of the opinion that leopard print never gets old when worn well - giraffe and zebra also featured if you want to play around with your animal prints. The metallic accents are what really made the collection for me - the sharp gold belts around every waist, the rivets along the bottoms of coats or on leather tasselled skirts and bags, gold cuffs and epaulettes, and the incredible harness effect on evening dresses. Accessories-wise, animal print low wedges and large slouchy clutch bags were the order of the day: comfort and practicality on the catwalk, who'd have thought it?
We're only in February and I'm already planning how I'm going to channel this collection into my wardrobe for next A/W! Did you catch the Burberry show today? What do you think of the collection?