The Queen sat front-row at Richard Quinn last week (a first for the 91-year-old), Erdem and Simone Rocha showed strongly, young designers like Matty Bovan and Richard Malone had absolute breakout moments…and then there was Christopher Bailey, bidding a bold, beautiful adieu to his groundbreaking tenure at Burberry.
Over seventeen years, the pragmatic, down-to-earth Yorkshireman transformed Burberry from a reserved heritage line to an innovative global powerhouse with equal parts gorgeous design and use of new technologies (under Bailey, Burberry was first in industry to harness live-streaming technology and an interactive website, partnering with Apple Music, Snapchat, and Instagram ahead of the curve). As a result, he is the first fashion designer named CEO of a public corporation. The show “about time, past, present, and future” was a fitting backdrop to his final use of Burberry check, a rainbow plaid backed up by three LGBTQ charities who work with young people. Says Bailey, “I think this is a period of questioning and reflecting. We may have these values and this culture within these walls—but are we really living them? I feel I’m in a very privileged position to have a voice, to do something which may be a little controversial in some areas.” Bravo.
Note the interplay of traditional Burberry plaid with activewear and rainbow colorways. You can shop traditional Burberry looks (like the ones featured here and in a current Burberry Capsule Collection paying homage to looks from the '80s and '90s) at Common Threads Boulder and Denver now. Mix. It. Up.