Ahead of any Burberry Prorsum show, the question on everyone's lips is this: Just how will Christopher Bailey out-do himself this time? The chief creative officer is a master showman, and has already given us simulated rain showers and Plexiglas snowflakes. Walking in, all we wanted to know was what sort of inclement weather would we facing, this time.
As it turns out, Bailey had another trick up his sleeve for fall '13, and the only thunder we would hear at the show would be the roar of applause for singer Tom Odell and his group of gospel singers, who appeared at the back of the runway halfway through the show to perform his newest single, "Hold Me." Well played, CB.
But, what of the clothes, you ask? Given Bailey's upcoming nuptials, it was no surprise to see that love was most definitely in the air, from the soundtrack of love ballads (Misty Miller's "So Happy Together" kicked off the show), to the heart-print silk pieces in oxblood and camel, to valentine-red dresses, and the name of the collection itself — Trench Kisses.
However, with a muse in the form of '60s showgirl Christine Keller of the Profumo Affair fame, the romance was of course coupled with a smattering of kink. Animal prints, glossy calfskin pencil skirts, lacquered python-skin leather, heavy-metal details, grommets, and an abundance of translucent rubber provided the necessary whiff of '60s-era S&M to temper all that sweet romance. We suspect many an affair will be kickstarted wearing one of these slick, sexy trenches with nothing underneath (though the heart-print knickers make a fetching accessory, too, we think).