Last season, under Christopher Bailey’s guiding hand and on the brand’s 160th anniversary, Burberry switched to a see-now, buy-now model to present its collections, opting also to show menswear and womenswear — and, in some cases, the elision of the two — on the same runway. So amid a London Fashion Week populated largely by collections of somber color palettes and delectable outerwear, Burberry’s Spring 2017 show offered a refreshing, bright take on knits, trenches, and shirting. The Brit label’s staples were all accounted for, albeit in deconstructed and pieced-back-together forms.
Burberry’s stalwart model and celebrity fans were also all accounted for: Adwoa Aboah, Naomi Campbell, Elizabeth Debicki, and the Waterhouse sisters Suki and Immy, in their respective takes on black bustiers paired with Burberry looks. On Immy, this was a silk pajama-inspired ensemble, while Suki opted for a leather jacket and black lace skirt, the noir version of a look that showed in white on this season’s Burberry runway. The best way to see-now, buy-now? Wear now.
Who: Suki Waterhouse.
When: Monday, February 20.
Where: Sitting in the front row with Naomi Campbell, Elizabeth Debicki, Christine and the Queens, and her little sister Immy Waterhouse at the Burberry Spring 2017 see-now-buy-now collection.
What: A black bustier by La Perla with a leather jacket and lace paneled skirt by Burberry from the Spring 2017 collection, paired with black pumps and a black quilted bag.
Why: Suki Waterhouse’s double-breasted leather jacket recalls Burberry’s military uniform heritage, while the sheer lace skirt is edgy and contemporary. Paired with a black bustier by La Perla, the model, It girl, and designer shows how Burberry’s runway looks can be styled for the real world (or at least her real world). A rumpled bedhead and bit of a flush give the whole thing a casual, thrown-together look, but only a Waterhouse could roll out of bed looking this chic.