How a Virginia Woolf Classic Translated to Shoes at Burberry

Though Burberry’s Christopher Bailey took a very modern approach with this season’s presentation and buy-now, wear-now show format, his inspiration for the collection (which combined men’s and women’s) was decidedly rooted in the classics.

The Virginia Woolf novel Orlando, and the film version starring Tilda Swinton, were the catalyst behind the apparel, accessories and footwear.

The story is one of androgyny and gender-bending, which was reflected in the masculine/feminine fluidity of the designs.

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A closer look at Burberry's fall '16 mood board.
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Burberry fall '16 women's collection.
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Burberry Fall 2016 Shoes
Burberry fall '16 women's collection.
CREDIT: Courtesy Image.
Burberry Fall 2016 Shoes
Burberry fall '16 men's collection.
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Shoe styles featured a heeled updated on a lace-up boot with cutouts, and traditional combat styles laden with golden tassels to the extreme.

From the men’s collection, quintessential English Chelsea boots were brogued and burnished to leather at the toe and back heel. There was also a crepe sole version.

Woolf’s Orlando was famously fastidious about appearances. This assortment of shoes, though tightly edited, indeed cut the mustard.

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Burberry fall '16 collection.
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Burberry Fall 2016
Burberry fall '16 collection.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

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