December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Hollywood stars and pop singers looked on from the front row as British fashion giant Burberry showed at London Fashion Week.
The fashion house’s autumn/winter 2013 showcase took place in a custom-built marquee in Kensington Gardens, and featured a performance by this year’s Brit Awards Critics’ Choice winner Tom Odell.
Actresses Kate Beckinsale and Freida Pinto, pop stars Rita Ora and Tinie Tempah, Burberry model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton and American Vogue editor Anna Wintour turned out to see what was on offer .
The Trench Kisses show featured Burberry’s trademark trench coats splattered with hearts, and dresses with big gold hearts on the shoulder, as well as wet-look coats, animal print, gold belts and collars and rich reds.
Backstage after the show, Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s chief creative officer, said one of the inspirations for the collection, which showed yesterday, was Christine Keeler - the woman at the centre of the Profumo affair.
He said: “I’ve been looking at the story of Christine Keeler who was kind of this really fun girl who infiltrated this world of serious politics and spies.
“I kind of felt like there was something we could play with,” he said.
The designer said his show was very much about emotion - a theme that was enhanced by the heart prints on display and the love songs serenading the audience.
He said: “I liked the idea of emotions and love and making people smile.
“I like the idea of wearing your heart on your sleeve so I wanted to put these little heart motifs in the show.”
The surprise of having Odell perform was unveiled when the backdrop to the catwalk opened out to reveal the singer sitting at a piano with a cello and gospel singers.
The designer also spoke about Romeo Beckham - son of David and Victoria - who appears in the latest Burberry advertising posters.
He said: “I’m also his number one fan. He’s the most wonderful little chap. He’s the most beautifully mannered fun guy and such a pleasure to work with.
“We’ve kind of been playing with the idea of doing something fun together for a while - with his mum - and he’s the nicest chap and we had a lot of fun.
“I hope you feel it in the pictures because we just had the best couple of days together,” he said.