Tuesday, September 17, 2013

True Brit - Burberry Prorsum S/S 2014

The current Spring/Summer 2014 collections signal a landmark moment in modelling history with a collective response by designers and casting directors towards showcasing greater diversity on fashion's runways. Casting directors Barbara Nicoli and Leila Ananna stuck to their guns in assembling a cast of models which encompasses both the Burberrry Prorsum aesthetic and the rich cultural diversity of the British populace. The casting duo recently drew criticism for comments in an interview with Buzzfeed in which Nicoli is quoted as stating, "To me, if we want to talk about diversity, it's about the model and not the colour of their skin. It's more about the body, the face, and the attitude. I think the designer has to decide who is good for their collection, and the role of the casting director is to suggest appropriate models." Nicoli & Ananna drew on Burberry favourites Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell, and Jourdan Dunn for the iconic label's English Rose themed collection. Drawing their fair share of attention were show opener Matilda Lowther and fellow newcomers Astrid Eika, Luma Grothe, Drake Burnette, and Marta Dyks. However it was a stunning quartet of coloured models comprised of British newcomers Maddie Seisay, Kenyan born Malaika Firth, the impossibly gorgeous Indian Neelam Johal from Coventry, and New Yorker Kyra Green, who had fashion folk cooing in unison. Nicoli and Ananna's multi-hued line-up was the perfect choice and showcase for designer Christopher Bailey's celebration of the English Rose in all of its incarnations.

Neelam Johal
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Marta Dyks
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Kyra Green
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Astrid Eika
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Malaika Firth
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Luma Grothe
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Jourdan Dunn
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Xiao Wen Ju
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Senait Gidey
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Chiharu Okunugi
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Maddie Seisay
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Matilda Lowther
Burberry Prorsum - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

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