Christopher Bailey continued his love affair with all things bright and beautiful at Burberry today, presenting a collection inspired by a set of vintage nature books he's been obsessing over.
That came through in further naive prints, in a sort of batik vein, that carried over from his last menswear show and which littered linen trench coats and dresses that also carried fragments of the book's title 'insects in Britain'.
But the collection was no microcosm of beasties - it took in outerwear (obviously) in other forms, rehabilitating the sheepskin-lined denim jacket, cinching it in on the waist and accenting collar and cuffs with flashes of brightly coloured vinyl.
Then there were chiffon wrapped skirts and dresses, softly coloured in blush pink, and abstract painterly silks fashioned into shift dresses and pencil skirts. A phase of gently floating pleated skirts in gunmetal grey with a sheer over layer felt fresh but conservative, when those pleats deconstructed elsewhere have things a bit of sashay and sass.
In fact, it was womanly and girlish at the same time - ideal therefore for the heritage brand that spans all generations.