Take those long view on Burberry’s collections and it becomes clear how Christopher Bailey is ticktocking his way through a comprehensive simplifié of British style. Between the high-low archetypes your dog is corralled over recent periods: the J. Arthur Get ranking starlet, the Mayfair sour, and the English went up. Pre-Fall turned to an inspiration that is as iconic because the Burberry trench—the Arts and Crafts movement from the late 19th century, evoked by densely textured jacquards, tapestry brocade accessories, velvet appliqués, and a William Morris-like print of flowers and leaves in distinctly autumnal colors. The richness was compounded by effects like over-embroidered lace, a three-dimensional Lurex jacquard, and the uninteresting gleam of silken jacquards woven on traditional tie up looms (the latest variant on Bailey’s commitment to old British crafts). In case the collection teetered at times on the edge of too much (ofcourse not hard, with heels up to most of these were), Bailey reined things in with long, lean silhouettes, softened them with a cocoon layer in angora, and lightened them with a print out lifted from the Greater london A-Z. He cannily nodded to Burberry’s international market segments with a set of graphics based on milestone structures like the The chrysler Building and Shanghai’s Globe Financial Center, but the last, lingering look was pure London. It absolutely was a long chiffon gown in a leafy print, lead with a shearling clothing. Glamorously casual, just made for an Ormsby-Gore…which meant that Bailey could add Chelsea girl to his listing of beautiful archetypes.