Back in September, a patch of London’s Hyde Park just down the road from the rose garden was the venue for the Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer ’14 show, aptly entitled ‘English Rose’ – and what a rose she was. Christopher Bailey’s collection was suffused with soft pastel colours – pinks, blues, lilacs and aqua marine – and the clothes themselves were soft and feminine.
There were silk dresses and cashmere coats, embellished knee-length skirts and gorgeous knits. Were the oversized knickers glimpsed through several of the looks a nod to the archetypal English girl, Bridget Jones? Who knows, but with coats over dresses over knickers, the Burberry woman for SS14 is a lady of layers.
Away from the super-soft, there were polka dots and stripes – the English Rose of the 60s and 70s, perhaps? Of course, nothing with the word ‘English’ in the title could avoid a reference to the unpredictable British weather, so Bailey wrapped Rose du jour, Cara Delevingne, in a latex jacket embellished with silver petals for his final look, before real rose petals rained down on the catwalk, and the cheering crowd, for the finale.