Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012 Review

burberry spring 2012 collection

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012 collection

Show: Burberry Prorsum

Theme: "Beads, weaves, parkas, and prints"

Accessories: Colorful raffia wedges with beaded detailing, woven peep-toe booties, striped pompom raffia caps, Burberry Whipstitch bags, statement necklaces

Hair: Neil Moodie

Makeup: Wendy Rowe for Burberry Beauty

Overall Takeaway: The safari trend gets a London twist.

The trench will always be Burberry's first love, but a little dalliance with a parka doesn't hurt. After reinventing the aviator and motorcycle jackets in seasons past, chief creative officer Christopher Bailey is turning his attention to giving the typically throw-on-and-go parka a glam update of its own (hello, lattice nappa leather sleeves!). Presented in both cropped and oversize iterations, the garment veered from the sporty to the sophisticated. Innovative crochet raffia details were right in tune with the season's safari influences, as were the wooden beaded details that emerged on coat collars as well as a series of strappy wedges (toss those flats away now). 

Texture and color also played a major role this time around, both echoing a tribal vibe. Expect raffia and basket-weave-inspired knits to replace Fall 2011's fur fest, accompanied by a rich palette of dark peacock, hawthorne red, turmeric yellow, beetroot, and indigo green. And while the classic check made its usual appearance, with a colorful twist, the prints of the day were stripes, which graced raffia caps, form-fitting pencil skirts, and parkas in a way that would make Missoni envious, and a leafy, geometric print that was splashed across dresses with cheeky cutout bodices.

Ultimately, it's the woven wedges, softly pleated maxi skirts (a big Spring 2012 trend), and vibrant leather trenches that will be topping our wish list. You win again, Bailey.