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Few does it like Christopher Bailey at Burberry Prorsum. His Fall/Winter 11 show took place in London’s Hyde Park under a massive tent, livestreaming not only to the big screen at Piccadilly Circus, but also to over 150 different countries onto people’s computes, iPhones and iPads. Plus people can shop the collection online at the same time. Talk about immediate gratification!

The inspiration revolved around Jean Shrimpton, the “it” girl during the early sixties, with many ladylike looks that would be on the wishlists of women watching the show live. As usual, Bailey played up on the label’s signature trench coat – some of them had leather duffels added across the front to give it a more military feel, while others were reworked into a egg-shaped silhouette with kimono sleeves. But this time, he also presented a staggering array of bags that perfectly matched the coat – which reminded me of the bag ladies of New York in the 80′s. In the later half of the show, the looks had a monochrome palette and Bailey’s incorporation of fur together with other fabrics such as cable knits, wool knits and tweeds gave the collection a touch of luxe.

But it was the girls in snowbunny white and plastic capes walking in the snow to Adele’s rendition of Someone Like You and Dusty’s Springfield’s You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me that truly won me over. Altogether, a very utilitarian collection to get us through yet another cold winter (or in Singapore’s case, rain.) I know I definitely wouldn’t mind wearing one of those transparent plastic capes the next time it rains.

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