Burberry kicks off see now-buy now: What’s the verdict?

The buzz around the Burberry show in London yesterday evening was almost deafening as London fashion week geared up for what’s always its hottest ticket. And of course, the celebrities, the live orchestra, the first full see now-buy now collection, the combined men’s and women’s collections… it all added up to an ‘event’.

But what of the clothes? They were ‘nice’. Is that a criticism? I’m not sure. We’ve become used to Burberry shows making grand style statements, offering up very clear trends and throwing us a whole wardrobe of must-have/must-copy items.

But yesterday, the ‘September 2016’ collection felt less grand seasonal style statement and more special edition, designed to create a buzz in much the same way many limited edition retailer-designer collaboration collections do.

You find yourself in a mad frenzy of buying then a month later can’t work out why you thought those pyjamas or that frock coat were essentials. Of course, you could also be congratulating yourself on the fact that you nabbed the perfect knit, or a shirt that’ll carry you through the next decade until it literally falls to pieces.

But perhaps that’s the nature of a true see now-buy now collection. It can’t be a challenging trend statement on a grand scale because we don’t have time to think about it, build up the desire and ease ourselves into the new look. Instead we have to have something to which we can respond immediately and which, 15 hours later, those with the money have probably already ordered.

I wonder how many examples of the new Burberry Bridle Bag walk out of the stores yesterday or are winging their way to online customers as I write?

Full article here: http://www.theindustrylondon.com/burberry-lfw-see-now-buy-now/


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