Christopher Bailey, once a relatively unknown designer, came into prominence when he successfully transformed Burberry from a passé label — only known for its trench coats — to a relevant global luxury brand placed at the vanguard of British fashion. Since Burberry's revamping, Christopher's name has been tied to the brand.
That is why it came as a shock to everyone in the fashion industry when he announced late last year that he will be stepping down from his position as Burberry's president and chief creative officer after 17 years. Last Saturday, we saw his final collection for Burberry.
This particular collection is a tribute to the LGBTQ youth, and at the same time a commemoration of Christopher's best hits. It's young, fun and undeniably colourful with its prominent rainbow themes. The main feature is the rainbow makeover of the iconic Burberry check. Aside from that, the floral great coats, aviator jackets, oversized hoodies with eccentric prints and the rainbow puffers were also scene-stealers.
It wasn't just the collection that grabbed attention. Well-known fashion figures were seen during the show, including Cara Delevinge, who has not walked any runway since 2016, and model-activist Adwoa Aboah. The 'Burberry Girls', such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, were also there. Needless to say, it was star-studded.
Christopher's last show is quite a poetic conclusion to his long-time career at Burberry. After dealing with rains and trenchcoats, he ends his reign under a spectrum of rainbow colours: a symbol of hope and optimism for the future.
Along with Christopher, renowned designers Carolina Herrera and Jason Wu also gave their final bow this season. With Carolina moving on to a new role as the global brand ambassador for her eponymous brand and Jason Wu to focus on strengthening his own fashion label.
With all these events happening, we can safely say that the fashion industry is on the verge of a major change, dealing with plot twist after plot twist. To top it all off, just at the beginning of New York Fashion Week, Alexander Wang announced that he would shift his runway shows to a June/December schedule. Which is another blow, as several NYFW staples have already brought their show to Paris Fashion Week just last year. Whatever happens next, we'll be tuning in.