Stylised and Outlined at Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum, AW11, London.

There was a certain naive, cartoon-like quality to the Autumn-Winter 2011 Burberry Prorsum collection. On the most superficial level this was due to the dalmatian spot hats and fur details, but on further inspection the feeling of the collection being very stylised was a result of construction references to the sorts of black outlines that we would imagine on hand drawn cartoon illustrations.

The trims and fastenings were often oversized and in black, as though they had been sketched in with a thick piece of charcoal. And every line of the garment seemed to have been traced over and emphasised by a thick border of topstitching, which was then echoed in other belts and accessories.

There was a certain thickness to everything in the collection, emphasised by the fabrics used which fit with the roundness of the off-the-body silhouettes. One clever trick of the eye on some of the more oversized garments, was to place the centre front buttons in slightly more narrow parallel lines to create a more slimming effect. This helped to ground the position of the actual body, within the oversized silhouette.

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