London Fashion Week Review: Burberry Prorsum

There are times when what you see on a runway is so emotional and beautiful, you can't help but get choked up.

I had that moment watching the Fall Ready-to-Wear collection from what I call the "monster" of British fashion houses, Burberry.

The tableau was accessible in a way I had not thought possible:  walking in the rain in Notting Hill, the sounds of Dusty Springfield, Adele, and Roger Daltrey straining through your Ipod, your heart broken.  The "coats of many colours" from this collection acting as your armor against the pain of loneliness and lost love.

A heartbreak transformed into a chic coat to keep you dry and looking as though someone didn't steal your dreams.

The coats, a mix of materials, ranging from mohair to wool, with a variety of color.  A wide range of cuts as well - the classic trench, the sculpted fur/leather, even a few capes. 

Oh, and believe me, the classic Burberry "tartan" was highly visible.  Especially in the new line of handbags, mostly accented with leather fringe.

Christopher Bailey also threw in several very smart-looking men's coats, ranging from black to military green.

The presentation on this show was the penultimate of drama - starting with the sounds of rain and ending with actual rain (okay, quasi-rain is probably the better term - it was indoors).  During the finale, the models all wore plastic coverings (just as chic, if you can believe it).

This just serves as a reminder that fashion (and a fierce pair of platforms) can heal all wounds. 

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(photos courtesy Reuters and



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