On Saturday, all eyes were on Burberry as the storied brand set to showcase its final collection under the helm of Christopher Bailey. Bailey, who announced his departure from the heritage house in October, served as President and Chief Creative Officer of the brand for 17-years and made sure his exit wasn’t a quiet one. Below, the five points you need to know about the Burberry Spring 2018 show.
#1. Cara Delevingne returned to the runway
One of the biggest surprises on the Burberry Spring 2018 runway was the return of It Brit Cara Delevingne. The model, who has been noticeably absent from the catwalk for several seasons (her last runway appearance was at Chanel Pre-Fall 2017 at the Ritz) closed the show wearing a floor-trailing rainbow fur coat to the tune of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. Other models to walk include show-opener Adwoa Aboah, Nora Attal, and Edie Campbell.
#2. The collection was named “Time”
Christopher Bailey dubbed the Spring 2018 collection, his last as the creative designer of the storied heritage house, “Time”. It was a celebration of the past, present, and future Burberry. “Over the last five years I’ve been trying to figure out when would be the time to leave gracefully,” Bailey told British Vogue. “I’ve always wanted to make sure that whenever I felt it was the right time, I didn’t try to cling on to something. Personally, it felt right for lots of different reasons. Professionally, I feel I’m still really curious. I want to learn and explore and discover new things again. You get to a point after so many years where everything is quite familiar; the process is quite familiar. I’m excited to throw myself into something completely different again.”
#3. The show was staged in White City
The brand collaborated with United Visual Artists on the swinging spotlights suspended from the ceiling, as well as a giant prism of rainbow laser lights that illuminated the catwalk during the finale. The epic light installation, dubbed “Our Time,” was borrowed from the Museum of Old and New Art Australia.
#4. All the Burberry girls were there
Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Keira Knightley, and Naomi Watts came out in full force to watch Bailey’s final bow. They were joined by Naomie Harris, Lily James, Daphne Guinness as well as Chelsea Clinton, who sat in the friends and family section. Also in attendance was Zendaya and Iris Law as well as Idris Elba and his fiancé Sabrina Dhowre.
#5.The collection was rife with archival prints from the ’60’s and ’70’s
Many prints from Bailey’s 17-year tenure made a resurgence too. Bailey reimagined the house’s signature plaid by incorporating primary splashes of the red, green, blue, yellow, orange, and purple woven into the hallmark print. The collection was punctuated with long white skirts with rainbow details, baseball caps, visors, chunky knits, capes, anoraks, and more.