“Scale is of prime importance, and I think that oversized scale is better than undersized scale.” – Nancy Lancaster
This is a prelude to the highlight of my adventure at London Fashion Week SS17. The most stunning and immersive fashion/lifestyle collection presentation this season is no doubt Burberry at Makers House. Over the past few years, many global luxury fashion houses have started presenting their brand heritage and fashion collections as art work. Leading the way on this trend are Louis Vuitton with their Series 1, 2 & 3 exhibitions, and Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket and Modemoiselle exhibitions. This September, Burberry has not only joined the league but pushing the boundary further by presenting its Spring/Summer 2017 Collection in collaboration with The New Craftsmen, a collective of traditional English artisans, showcasing arts and crafts that contributes to the making of Burberry iconic clothes and accessories. There are 3 parts to this event that I would like to focus on. First is my adventure in Nancy Lancaster’s inspired English Garden at Makers House.
Nancy Lancaster was a twentieth century tastemaker and the owner of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, an influential British decorating firm that invented what is known as the “English Country-House” look. The look which has been recreated by Burberry in the courtyard at Makers House; a one-to-one size painted English Townhouse façade set to tone for the garden, complete with classical sculptures dotted around the courtyard amongst the trees and flowers. It was an ideal setting for afternoon tea. I was having fun exploring the flowers and life size sculptures while spending time within this space. It was a shame that there was no tea served at the time, otherwise it would have been a perfect garden party, just like Alice in Wonderland. Nevertheless, I find the story of Nancy Lancaster and her English Garden very inspiring, especially how she subverted the formality of traditional English gardens and made them into an informal space. Its charms and homely ambience is very close to the feelings I would like to recreate for one of my current design projects… Definitely need to read up on her in more detail. This is why I love fashion weeks. Somehow, I always manage to learn something new, and find fresh inspirations that can be applied to my own design projects.
Of course, for this occasion, my outfit of the day was a total Burberry look. I chose its black lace dress from SS16 collection, which I wore with a pair of black ankle boots, and to keep things casual, I finished the look with Burberry monogram backpack. Although it was an all black outfit, which was very unusual for me, it complemented the English garden theme pretty well.
Anyway, here is a glimpse of Burberry’s English Garden at Makers House. In my opinion, it felt more like an Italian renaissance garden rather than an English garden, but that might be due to the classical sculptures. If you have time and happen to be in London, I highly recommend you to visit this exhibition before it ends…
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Dress: Burberry [Similar Here]
PHOTOGRAPHER: Julia Jevzikova