When: Sept 18
Where: A park at Highbury Fields in London, where guests sat on green park benches under a huge forest green tent stamped with the house checks
What: Daniel Lee’s sophomore outing as chief creative officer of British fashion powerhouse Burberry. Naturally, the pressure is on the 37-year-old Bradford-born wunderkind to see what he will do to further hone and refine the new Burberry design lexicon he introduced for Fall Winter 2023. That outing saw him injecting a brand of oddball chic at the house and embracing tropes of Brit life and culture with motifs such as the mallard and the English rose.
The takeaway: This second runway collection was the polar opposite of what Lee showed for his debut. Those expecting a similarly boisterous and eccentric showing like the one for Fall Winter 2023, would have been surprised by the sense of lightness and loucheness of this collection. The focus and grown-up quality Lee showcased were also worth mentioning.
Trenchcoats and outerwear were tailored with a drop waistline, while collars came with asymmetrical lapels, suggesting a more relaxed attitude. The swishy off-shoulder dresses and tiered silk dresses featured motifs of a carabiner with a horse-shaped clip, horse bridle and chain jewellery – Lee’s irreverent take on bourgeois scarf prints. There was also the fun print of strawberries popping up on some looks, which the press notes summed up as “embracing the cliches of British fruits and English meadows”.
The things we are eyeing: The drop-waist trenchcoat dress (Look 7 and Look 10); the pleated and frayed band jacket in knight blue (Look 24); the pebbled leather moto jacket (Look 27); the co-ord set with strawberry prints (Look 36); the fringe dress (Look 39); the sparkly Knight bag (Look 42); the red patent leather sandals (Look 46); the tufted floral dress (Look 48); and the glitter boots and the knight blue quilted chain bag (Look 54)
The runway looks: