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A glittering, glossy crowd piled into an enormous purpose-built glass house in Kensington Gardens yesterday for Burberry Prorsum's Spring 2012 show. However, on a sunny afternoon in London, this quickly led to an overheated audience with many guests sweating through their Burberry jackets before the show had even started. Outside, tons of paparazzi from both fashion blogs and the wonderful esteemed British tabloid press—as well as members of the public who had climbed up the Albert Memorial to get a better look over the fence—hobbled around hoping to get a shot of the various celebs piling in.
Spotted in the front row were Sienna Miller, Rodger Zoe (minus Rachel), Ellie Goulding, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gemma Arterton, a very smiley Anna Wintour with young niece in tow, tennis star Andy Murray, Lily Donaldson (on crutches), Mario Testino, Laura Bailey, Olivier Theyskens, Kaya Scodelario and up-and-coming fashion mogul Kanye West.
While many other guests fanned themselves furiously with their place-cards during the show, Kanye seemed to be coolly concentrating intently on looking attentive—except for a second when we caught him eyeing up one model's lengthy legs across the runway. The clothes themselves included a wide variety of colored leather trenches, raffia weaving and intricate beading, longer length skirts and some rattan clutches that seem destined to be future street style snap favorites. And caps. Lots of caps.
As usual for Burberry, the show included some menswear—in this case, huge parkas and slim-cut indigo jeans—worn by very British-looking handsome young men. Overall, not the sunniest Spring collection so far, but packed with beautiful coats and elegant dresses sure to be big sellers amongst celebrities and the rest of us alike. For those who weren't able to squeeze into the glass house yesterday, Burberry tweeted every look as they happened as well as providing livestreams on various blogs. But back in the glass house, it was manic dashes to waiting taxis for Sienna and her pals after the show, desperate to avoid the bloodthirsty paparazzi still waiting outside. — Ana Kinsella
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