• Text  Dean Mayo Davies
  • 21st June 2013

Writers and Painters

Alan Bennett and David Hockney were at the foundation of Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum collection this season. Or rather their personal style.

In an open walled marquee in Perks Field, Kensington Gardens, lightweight linen and slouchy cashmere were offered in palette of painterly tones, contrasted by bright colour accessories: a great selection of angular checkerboard sunglasses. Cagoules and sou’westers addressed the too-often fragile reality of British summer.

Like Bailey, the fêted playwright and painter hail from Yorkshire. The Chief Creative Officer has pushed to take fashion into a new interactive realm with a stream of simultaneous online social feeds and personalised coats available to order straight after the show. (Prorsum means forward and that’s no coincidence).

Not that Hockney hasn’t done his bit for the techno cause too, having embraced the iPad as a canvas since 2010.