Burberry Prorsum Womenswear – Spring/Summer 2012

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Batik prints, safari colours and raffia textures as Burberry’s Christopher Bailey takes us to Africa
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Creative Director of Burberry, Christopher Bailey described is Spring/Summer 2012 womenswear collection as upbeat and nostalgic, and the iconic British brand certainly lived up to its promise. As will all his collections for Burberry, there was a story behind the collection – A military wife, whose husband is stationed in the Far East, say, fills her idle hours by watching and learning from local artisans. Then she applies her new knowledge to decorating her own clothes.

This story is evident in the collection with the beading running down the plackets of trench coats or lining their collars; the large geometric wooden beads that formed aztec motifs around necklines of mac jackets and t-shirts; the ornate stone buttons featuring on knitwear; and with the raffia trims featuring on the parka jackets.

The Spring/Summer 2012 collection featured full midi-length skirts in stiff silk or linen, teamed with overly embellished tees or bobbled knits underneath cropped hooded parkas; a batik print inspired by the shapes of legendary British artist Henry Moore emerged in dresses and skirts with exquisite drapery; narrow raffia pencil skirts that were paired with full skirted trench coats that were structured close to the body; and pleated crepe dresses with peek-a-boo detail in leafy green and mustard hues. The textural collection was completed with peaked, raffia pompom trimmed hats, woven leather wedges with leopard print heels and beaded anklets.

Live streaming of runway shows is rapidly becoming mainstream amongst British and international designers alike, so it was only natural for runway innovator Burberry to take things one step further. While attendees to the show waited for proceedings to commence, Burberry’s twitter followers were given the change to see the Spring/Summer 2012 looks just seconds before they exited for the runway in Kensington Gardens in the first ever ‘Tweet-Walk’. As an added innovation, the looks were available to purchase directly from the runway, cutting out the retailer and the usual 6 month wait. So without further ado we present all the looks from the Spring/Summer 2012 Burberry Prorsum womenswear collection…Enjoy!

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Purple Mac

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Purple KnitwearBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Blue Mac

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Purple Cropped Parka

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Purple Midi SkirtBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Purple Smock Dress

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Menswear Khaki Parka

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Tribal KnitBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Mustard Mac with Aztec Cape

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Sunflower Pleated Dress

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Menswear Brown Dress CoatBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Tribal Embellished Tee Khaki

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Green Pleated Dress

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Stone Cropped MacBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Tribal Embellished Tee Green

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Khaki Cropped Mac

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Printed Cropped JacketBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Printed Draped Dress

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Brown Printed Blazer

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Printed Draped Skirt BlueBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Printed Swing Coat

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Abstract Printed Dress

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Azure Grandad TeeBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Menswear Slimfit Suit

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Abstract Printed Trench Coat

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Printed Drape Dress BurgundyBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Striped Pleplum Jacket

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Aqua Shirt Dress

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Striped Pencil Midi SkirtBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 High Waisted Ruffle Skirt

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Stone Trench Coat

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Menswear Srone TrenchBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 High Chevron Striped Knitwear

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Striped Trench Coat

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Abstract Striped TrenchBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Menswear Cranberry Parka

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Khaki Parka

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Khaki Midi SkirtBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Over-sized Striped Mac

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Oversized Check Trench

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Striped Cropped MacBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 High Waisted Striped Midi Skirt

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Purple Parka

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Blue Cut-out DressBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Taupe Midi Skirt

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Contrast Sleeve Parka

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Cropped Sleeve JacketBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Menswear Casual Jacket Navy

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Khaki Midi Dress

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Blush Trench DressBurberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Mustard Shirt Dress

Burberry Womenswear Summer 2012 Mustard Contrast Sleeve Parka

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If you like the look of the Spring/Summer 2012 womenswear collection from Burberry, why not check out the seasonal collections form Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Holly Fulton and Religion.

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