Christopher Bailey forgoes the trench coat but favours the pencil skirt.

Burberry is not a brand for cutting off it’s nose to spite it’s face. It has a defined aesthetic that for the most part, is erred towards a new theme each season as the Burberry Prorsum show displayed yesterday, realigning AW13’s translucent pencil skirt for Spring Summer 14.

While the menswear show in June focused on bright shades, here pastels (which made up a small percentage of the former) ruled supreme. Sorbet shades took prominence at the start of the show in crochet-like lace fabrics partnered with delicate sheer shirts.

Additionally, earthy tones of cream and light brown were joined by grey and berry pink to match the boys (a number of looks which were shown again here). Spots and stripes too, made up a brief series of harder outfits.

It was a pair of white sunglasses that really caught the attention of Clash though. A single style so piercing against the background, they lifted and modernised each look they accompanied.

Trenchcoats – a power tool of Burberry as we know it – failed to show with the exception of a loose fitting wool number without a collar; not necessarily a bad thing. Jackets that did make an appearance were of the same ilk as the mens that had previously shown; off the shoulder seams, thick but light looking fabric, inverted collar.

Looking backwards again, the closing look – modelled by Cara D – saw an updated version of the clear plastic capes from SS13, this time as a jacket, clear and adorned with sparkle.

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