For Burberry’s Fall/Winter 2017 see-now-buy-now collection, which is simply titled ‘February 2017’, Christopher Bailey drew his inspirations from an English artist Henry Moore, who is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. Burberry artisans used traditional techniques to work with rope, lace and wool in a manner that evoked Moore’s use of threaded strings in his artwork.There were plenty white-on-white silhouettes, ivory lace dresses worn with knits or over ruffled white shirts with frills and striped tops. Rope detailing adorned sweatshirt-like jumpers, denim pants, coats and shirts.
“Moore’s work is about changing the form, putting it in different directions,” said Bailey, “His shoulders were suddenly up here, the breasts were suddenly down here, and I liked that idea of putting something on, turning it in a completely different way, deconstructing it, changing the shape of the body by moving the lines and the pieces in a more unconventional way.”
“We’re just testing new ways of doing things, the world is changing dramatically and it’s important that we as an industry explore new ways of showing things to our customers and people that love fashion and design and creativity,” Bailey said.
“It’s been going incredibly well.”