Spring-Summer 2013 – A feeling of optimism has been the premise for many of the collections in London. Christopher Bailey’s take on this was to use ‘colours that make you smile.’ This meant juicy colours like pinks, greens and blues. To ensure this rich and plush palette was saturated the fabrics used were silks, satins, lace and plastics. Bailey cleverly played with silhouettes and volume, for instance, he reworked the traditional Burberry trench coat so synonymous with the brand, to incorporate a pseudo-cape over the shoulders giving an extra and new dimension. Many capes were small and perched on shoulders, while other times draped to the floor. With volume in mind, there were rounded shoulders and large bell sleeves. Even so, many pieces were tightly tailored in the waist and torso seen with pencil skirts and a handful of cocktail frocks. The finale consisted of a flurry of ‘Quality Street’ metallic foils consisting of fuchsia, raspberry, maroon, gold, green and cerulean. It was a collection was rich in every sense of the word.