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Burberry Prorsum

When news broke that Burberry’s Snapchat account would reveal a preview of the collection, it was welcome information for the social media savvy clients in the Middle East. Christopher Bailey, CEO and creative director of the House, has the reputation of being something of a forward thinking fashion marketer (he’s often at the forefront of digital interactive media campaigns), only his “fashion” doesn’t necessarily always point in the same “forward” direction.

This season’s Burberry Prorsum Spring 2016 ready-to-wear offering of cliché clothes was something of a downer (and the live crooning of bluesy singer Alison Moyet didn’t help lift the mood). To wit: the opening look was a black trench blown open to showcase a see through lace mini dress. Lacy peek-a-boos and slip dresses were the bones of the collection, but the cuts were sometimes awkward, particularly the long skirts that felt frumpy due to an overload of silk fabric. The takeaway accessory was a nylon backpack, though the bulky bag has already been circulating as a trend for a few seasons now. The bags with clunky brass chain and belt clasp were interesting in a charming, bookish way, and at least told a story—even though it was (also) a vintage one. Thankfully, Bailey mastered the outerwear. The trenches, which he is burdened with reinventing season after season, featured gold hardware and braiding crafted by embroiders responsible for decorating the Queen’s Guard’s coats. Those will do well here; especially that God Save the Queen-inspired perfecto.

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