Saturday's Burberry Runway Show in London Was an LGBTQ Game-Changer

Elias Hubbard
February 21, 2018

Christopher Bailey bid a final farewell to Burberry today, having worked for the celebrated British brand for seventeen years. The Burberry show, which took place in Westfield, was a vibrant explosion of colour, rainbows and - above all - diversity.

Bailey also brought back the iconic Nova Check (with a hint of the Rainbow Check detail) in a huge way. With this season's support of LGBTQ youth, the brand announced that, in this spring collection, the rainbow stripe would be featured "prominently" as it was "an emblem for optimism and inclusion".

Prior to the runway debut, the designer announced that he'd chose to dedicate his last collection for the fashion house to LGBTQ+ Youth. They have produced a limited-edition version of their tan, black, and red plaid print with a five-lined rainbow stripe throughout.

The show took place in a large brick venue filled with bold swaying spotlights suspended from the ceiling created by United Visual Artists in collaboration with the brand, paired with giant prism rainbow lasers that displayed a attractive collage of colors while the models revealed the collection on the catwalk. There was a chunky sweater, floor-length skirts, and a grungy take on tailored trousers and jackets that has become so well-known with the brand.

The collection also had a vast amount, of coats and jackets that made a statement including shiny, modern aviator jackets, colorful capes and ponchos, grungy parkas and trendy military coats that demanded the attention of the audience.

He is credited for transforming the once-struggling British label into a luxury powerhouse and the biggest drawcard in London Fashion Week.

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