Burberry takes inspiration from British folk craft at London Fashion Week

Burberry designer Christopher Bailey takes inspiration from British folk craft for the fashion label’s latest collection; says he is “so proud” of Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FEBRUARY 23, 2015) (REUTERS) – There was a Bohemian feel at Burberry’s autumn/winter showcase on Monday (February 23) as designer Christopher Bailey sent his models down the runway dressed in patchwork floral printed dresses, fringed jackets and oversized ponchos in rich shades of berry, ochre, teal and chocolate. The collection was inspired by a mixture of folk craft in Britain and used quilting, whip-stitching and ornate embroidery on Burberry’s signature trench coats, as well as lace and crochet detailing across its delicate silk dresses.

“We have been playing with this idea of all the different crafts, from embroidery and whip-stitching and quilting, and how to put them together in a collection. If you look around the whole UK, you have a really diversity of cultures that bring with it these crafts and what I wanted to do with the show was to celebrate that,” Bailey told Reuters backstage after the show.

“It had a little bit of a folky feeling and I wanted it to all feel quite relaxed and effortless, so the idea of a poncho that you throw on, that’s how we wanted to collection to feel,” he added.

Bailey also spoke of his delight to see British actor Eddie Redmayne winning an Academy Award for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”. Redmayne, who is also a model, worked with Burberry and several of its campaigns.

“I’m so proud of Eddie,” Bailey told Reuters. “I mean Eddie is — if you ever met him he’s a true gentleman. He is incredibly talented and he deserves the Oscar more than anybody and I couldn’t be happier for him.”

The show, one of the starriest on the London Fashion Week calendar saw a number of big names in fashion in the front seats. Model veterans Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell were there along with photographer Mario Testino as well as models of the moment Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn.

The show was supported with a live performance by British singer Clare Maguire. Burberry, which regularly invites young British music talent to perform at their shows, has in the past seen performances by Paloma Faith, Tom Odell and James Bay.

London Fashion Week runs until Tuesday, February 24.