I had a look last night at the Burberry Prorsum pre fall 2009 collection. In complete contrast with the ostentatious Paris-Moscow Chanel show (which featured pieces of surprising luxury and opulence, slightly reminiscent of ancient decadent Russian times), Christopher Bailey bowled me over with winning ingredients: sexy and sharp floor-scraping flared trousers combined with seductive oversized mannish coats. He plays with sizes and shapes, the British heritage essence of the brand and pretty dark blue/grey/plum hues. His vision is modern and feminine and touches all the right notes, the looks have staying power with genuinely good fits and proportions. This collection feels like a stylish whisper that makes sense in a sea of luxury retailers and designers confronted with recession. I love the clothes, shapes and details, they’re simple and might seem obvious but they’re reflective of today’s economic environment.