Burberry’s Womenswear Spring-Summer 2016 show debuted the Functionregalia collection at London’s Kensington Gardens. The latest collection designed by Burberry CEO, Christopher Bailey includes classic coats and functional pieces which are mixed with elements of regalia including metallic cording, crested buttons and hand-embroidered military motifs. Bailey’s most wearable collection also pairs English lace and floor length satin dresses with leather biker jackets as well as regimental tailoring with tie-dye tulle. Burberry Rucksack in gabardine-constructed nylon and the Belt Bag in black English suede debuted along with the collection in London.
The show was accompanied by a live performance by British singer Alison Moyet on the runway that included four songs, ‘All Cried Out’, ‘When I Was Your Girl’, ‘Whispering Your Name’ and ‘Only You’. The performance has been filmed for Burberry’s new, dedicated channel on Apple Music, making the British label the first global brand to launch a channel on the platform.Over 1000 guests added glory to the show, including iconic Burberry campaign girls Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn, Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne, and Sienna Miller alongside its newest stars Clara Paget, Holliday Grainger, Amber Anderson, Oscar Tuttiett, Harry Treadaway and Tom Odell. Other guests included Anna Wintour, director Baz Luhrmann, actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Chay Suede, Naomie Harris, Guey Lun Mei, Mélanie Laurent, Sun Li, Miriam Yeung, Liu Wen and Araya A. Hargate, and musicians Annie Clarke (St Vincent), Rhodes, Paloma Faith, Tinie Tempah, Gabriel Day-Lewis and Yulia. The Lace Trench Coat debuts as a slim fit artisanal adaptation of the Burberry trench coat. For $6,500, it features traditional tailoring with technical mesh and intricate macramé lace.While the Lightweight Trench Coast is an original relaxed fit design in super-fine, weatherproof silk wool with regimental goldwork cording.The Square Belt Bag available for $1,495 is a shoulder bag in smooth English suede and House check cotton featuring regimental detailing.While the Oblong Belt Bag with its distinctive buckle is up for $1,295 and is an adaptation of a small officer’s shoulder bag from the Burberry archive.The $1,295 Rucksack is a lightweight design in a protective gabardine-constructed nylon and will be preferred by most of the Burberry divas-on-the-go.As part of the Burberry Runway Made to Order programme, selected outerwear and bags from the collection can be purchased and personalised immediately until 5 October on Burberry.com or by appointment in selected stores globally. This gives fans and shoppers a chance to own pieces of the collection months before they arrive in store.Take a look at the video highlights from the Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear show, featuring guests Kate Moss, Anna Wintour, Benedict Cumberbatch and Cara Delevingne.