21/02/2012 11:41 | By Sarah Hecks, fashion & beauty editor, MSN Life & Style
Burberry Prorsum A/W12 collection

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Christopher Bailey proved he was still fashion's tour de force at his show yesterday at Kensignton Gore.

Hemlines were just below the knee and were teamed with striped t-shirts or cute owl prints (we spotted Kate Bosworth donning hers at the show already) and models in tweed caps waltzed down the runway to a gorgeous soundtrack of Joan Armatrading, It Could Have Been Better.

It felt like Burberry was going back to its roots and outerwear was key- jackets and coats were cropped and the quilted bomber jacket was a main theme. There were the classic trenches, of course, but Cara Delevigne shone in a quilted, almost regal burgundy version - simply breathtaking.

Dresses were demure and the feature of everything in the show was the waistline (perhaps a hint that the curve is finally back in fashion). Chunky knits looked ridiculously opulent and forgiving, while little herringbone jackets had a peplum at the waist that are sure to look good on more than just sample size models - bravo Burberry.

Then the heavens opened and torrents of rain ran down the outside of the tent (Burberry has power enough to control the weather), as foil rained down on us to a soundtrack of thunder and the girls reappeared carrying this season's striped umbrellas.

Stella may have demanded the biggest headline so far this week, but Burberry's determinedly staying up front as London's big hitter.


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