After a series of snowpocalypses (not to mention, one killer polar vortex), this winter was almost intolerable. But things are looking up for fall/winter 2014! It looks like next winter will be a tad more bearable, thanks to designers who are bringing indoor comfort outdoors with wearable blankets. Calla Haynes of Calla fashioned a makeshift topper by belting a fuzzy throw over a pretty print dress. Tommy Hilfiger reimagined the blanket altogether, stitching together a navy blanket plaid mohair dress, which further explored the concept of his collection: a modern-day woman taking on the great American outdoors. And finally, Christopher Bailey granted each model a monogrammed jacquard-woven blanket poncho at Burberry Prorsum, much to everyone’s surprise and envy (here’s how you can score one of your own). As big fans of warmth and comfort, we’re completely wrapped up in this trend.
It’s no secret that the monogrammed color-block check Burberry Prorsum blanket poncho shot straight to the top of everyone’s
must lust list after the fall/winter 2014 finale, when models each traipsed out blanketed in one of her very own. But the problem with seeing next season’s looks during our current cold-weather state is the six-month wait–well, that used to be the problem. Evidently, Burberry took pity. Which means from now until March 3, the brand has opened up its heavenly e-commerce doors to let us shop the entire runway, from the highly coveted blankets to the new “It” Bloomsbury bags.
Inspired by traditional equestrian blankets, the jacquard-woven blanket boasts a luxuriant blend of lambswool and cashmere. Casually sling it over one shoulder, like so, or drape it over both for maximum insulation. Or, treat it like the blanket it is and settle in for a bundled-up afternoon nap. Head over to burberry.com to invest in one or at least to take a closer look as you cry-slash-drool over the goods.
Pictured, from left to right: Runway shows from Tom Ford, Burberry, and Mary Katrantzou.
As London Fashion Week regains its stature among catwalk capitals, with a wealth of hot young design stars and two major players (Burberry and Tom Ford) showing here, one of the most intriguing results of that momentum is that a long-held perception of English fashion is quickly fading. No longer is London the city for runway provocateurs, nightclub crawlers, and independent punks, but rather, it is where clothes make commercial sense and the trains run on time.
InStyle‘s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson and Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent Dana Avidan-Cohn are in the thick of London Fashion Week and they just couldn’t wait to share their thoughts on the fall/winter 2014 Burberry Prorsum show.
Chief Creative Officer (and soon-to-be CEO) Christopher Bailey offered up a fresh new take on the brand’s classic Burberry trench, and this season is a piece of work (literally!). In a surprising spin, models walked down the runway in hand-painted trenches (which can be custom painted with each order meaning no two coats are the same), and closed the show by sporting monogrammed ponchos down the runway. Get all the details from inside the show in the clip above.
Designer: Burberry Prorsum
Location: Bayswater Road, London
What was it like: As one of the hottest shows in town (if the star-studded front row was any indication), Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey (and soon-to-be CEO) didn’t disappoint. It also didn’t hurt that he enlisted the help of British singer Paloma Faith, who belted out her new track “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” with six violinists and two cellists, as the looks came down the runway. Star models, like Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse (whose beau Bradley Cooper looked on), easily stole the show.
Why we love this collection: Bailey took liberties with the classic Burberry trench, injecting a picturesque and playful punch with hand-painted strokes, while pairing it with free-flowing, diaphanous silhouettes. A touch of shearling here and a touch of cashmere there, the finale culminated in a parade of models swathed in wrap blankets, each monogrammed with their initials.
In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson shares his favorite fashion moment of the week, and explains how it could shape styles to come. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday.
The Moment: Before we get too deep into Fashion Week to pay attention to the Olympics, let’s check in on a different sort of runway show getting underway in Sochi. No, not the opening ceremony, but what Maria Sharapova is wearing. As a Games ambassador and special correspondent for NBC, and having grown up in Sochi, Sharapova is helping to put a positive light on an event that has been plagued by security concerns and protests over the Russian government’s treatment of homosexuals. And as a fashion lover and part-time designer, not to mention former Olympian, she wants to make Russia look good.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about the country, and people aren’t always aware of how unique and culturally important this place is,” she tells me by e-mail.
Why It’s a Wow: Let’s just say the packing for her trip to the Games involved a steamer trunk. Already this week, Sharapova has made appearances wearing a skimmy top with crystal embellishments from Roksanda Ilincic, Holmes & Yang pants and a Reed Krakoff gray coat; another prim suit from Krakoff worn over a white button-up MaxMara shirt; and a red Nike puffer jacket over a thin hoodie and athletic pants (pictured, right). In her suitcase are more items from J Brand, Dolce & Gabbana, Yigal Azrouel, Michael Kors, Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Akris, Calvin Klein, and Valentino. There are also more shoes from Tod’s, Brian Atwood Aperlai, and Louboutin.
“It took quite a while because I’ve been traveling since just after the holidays,” she says. “I’m fortunate because I know what to pack for Sochi, having grown up here. It’s more temperate than most people think, and it’s all about layering.”
Still, since her training in California and Florida and her red carpet appearances do not give her many opportunities to dress warmly, Sharapova said she was most excited to wear some coats, like the MaxMara topper she wore over an Alexander McQueen dress (pictured above left), and the Bottega Veneta she wore over a Michael Kors dress (pictured, middle). Coming up, look for “a really feminine and sleek ivory wool coat from Bottega Veneta, a coral colored MaxMara menswear-inspired coat and a few other sportswear options,” she says.
What didn’t make the cut?
“Definitely the super-high, pointed-toe heels!” she says. “I’m not one to sacrifice style for comfort, but comfortable and maneuverable heels and boots are a must.”
Learn More: Don’t be a bad sport. Some designers take the Olympics almost as seriously as they do the Oscars (you’ll typically see contributions from Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Lacoste and Prada). And certainly keep an eye out for Ralph Lauren’s new uniforms, now made in the U.S.A., for the American athletes at the opening ceremony. Based on previews, they may be hard to miss.
Get to know: Ice Blue
Color description: Pale yet captivating, this seasonless frosty blue is a refreshing take on signature pastels.
Runway inspiration: Burberry Prorsum
Pair the shade with: 1) Aqua, the minty color plays well with the equally-creamy shade, 2) Coral; this punchy hue makes for an unexpected pairing and is sure to add interest to your frosty look, 3) Powder Pink; this no-brainer combo creates a dreamy color palette, and 4) Emerald; the deep moody hue makes this mix a wild-card pairing, try both together for a bold and sophisticated balance.
Avoid: Brights. You either want to pair this color with pastel, punchy, or deep colors. Playing with brights can steal ice blue’s spotlight and make for an overly preppy clash.
While most of us are making Thanksgiving plans, Sienna Miller, Tom Sturridge, and Burberry are getting in the holiday spirit with the new Burberry With Love campaign and we have to admit, it’s making us want to get our wish lists ready! Posing alongside her real-life love, Miller shows off Burberry’s autumn/winter collection of evening gowns by donning the geometric metal strap dress while Sturridge keeps it cool with in a tuxedo paired with a leather jacket. The British couple’s ads are part of a global festive campaign (see the whimsical new video here) that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit, evoking scenes of holiday shopping during the winter season while wearing the brand’s coveted trench coats and scarves designed with the iconic tartan pattern. Burberry With Love is also launching an enhanced website experience that allows you to personalize your very own page with gifting suggestions and inspiration (also convenient to send along to others for ideas; hint, hint!). To get in the holiday spirit, scroll down to see more of the ads or visit burberry.com to get your wish list started.