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style + fashion

the art of getting dressed.

Pre-Fall 2012 - Burberry Prorsum

Caitlin Surakitbanharn

outerwear is always a big statement for fall.  Christopher Bailey is making it a big statement for Pre-Fall 2012.

Burberry has forever been known for their great coats and jackets - most notably the iconic trench coat,and for Pre-Fall 2012, the famed British label is giving us 1930's pre-WWII glamour with smokey tweeds, belted furs, and demure pencil skirts - all taken to new lengths, the midi, which is somehow more sexy than the mini, at the moment.

there is something decidedly dark about this collection - ominous, sweepingly and chicly downtrodden.  she's a woman who is going through something.  she is gritty - wearing severe tweed pencil skirts or perhaps a leather and fur collared bomber jacket that she got at the thrift store (okay fine, it's f'ing Burberry, but it's the look, you know?).  she looks to be dressed in her finest to travel off into the night, her suitcase in hand, running off into the fog to catch the last seat on a train to somewhere better.

there are flashes of whimsy - the owl & dog sweaters, the printed overcoat, the adorable bows that cinch every single waistline, the bright mustard yellow of the gloves & bags, the incredibly glamorous gowns... but overall she is somber.  sober, but very beautiful and very chic.

oh, and the shoes are insane.  insanely covetable.

my only true criticism of this has nothing to do with the clothes, but more the attitude of pre-fall.  pre-fall hits stores in mid-to-late July.  now, i know the early bird catches the worm, but no woman can wear a tweed skirt, sweater, or wool jacket in August.  or really even in September.  most of us are still sweating our asses off well into October.  i think designers get overly excited for Fall and forget to make their pre-fall clothes transitional.  

now i know that the Resort & Pre-Fall collections are the lines that sell and the lines that stay in the stores the longest (Resort particularly), and that most designers use these two 'in-between' collections for TRUE ready-to-wear and use their Fall/Spring collections as a place to be a little more experimental and almost couture-ish...but there IS a place for pre-fall and resort transitional clothes... and it'd be nice to see more designers actually use the opportunity to give women clothes that are appropriate for transitional months!
...but this is a whole other story, clearly.

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