Cynthia Cheng Mintz
Perhaps one of the most iconic brands of Britain, Burberry presented its Autumn/Winter 2011 line Monday afternoon. The runway looked very long compared to other shows, and many of the models donned po’boy caps. The “it” look, it seems are belted coats, with several looks, both shorter and longer, being presented this way. In addition to these figure-flattering coats, other styles include cropped (though one piece in particular fit what we call the “mushroom/umbrella” look – not too flattering, in our opinion, as well as unbelted smock-like coats and balloon sleeves. Colour-wise, the standard neutrals of browns and moss greens were ever-present as well as hints of red, orange and yellow. Black-and-white minks were also seen.
Trends seen at other shows include furs, which is surely to give animal rights activists heart attacks. Fur is just about everywhere for Fall/Winter 2011. While all-over fur is not our idea of a good look, bits and pieces, especially on the shoulders, wrists or trims on pockets can really make some things pop (one of our favourites was not on a coat, but on the sleeves of a pink and brown shirt that was paired with tan-coloured pants). Other trends spotted at Burberry include military tunic-style coats as well as gorgeous winter whites. There were quite a few wider-legged pants, especially ones that start out skinny and widen towards the ankles. Belts ranged from super skinny ribbon belts to mid-width – probably about two inches wide.
Perhaps the most intereseting part of the show were not the looks themselves, but the fake snow which fell onto the catwalk at the closing. Models re-entered the room wearing their coats with clear capes over their shoulders. The entire Burberry Autumn/Winter 2011 show – all 14 minutes and one second of it – can be seen on their website.