Christopher Bailey must really enjoy a rainy spring day as Burberry's Spring 2009 collection had a color palette as chipper as a raincloud. Gray frocks, gray pants, gray jackets, gray hats, even gray socks made us feel as if we were in some very glamorous Charles Dickens novel. Oliver Twist and some terrible porridge were not far from our mind. If it weren't for the bits of yellow here and there and a bit of dusty pink we might have despaired that this spring collection would ever lead us to summer.
And yet we simply loved the collection. Tough mix and match separates, slouchy silhouettes (but not too loosey goosey) and some fantastic accessories make this the best merchandised collection of Milan. The exotic leather squares that made up the necklaces on so many of the looks were a particular favorite and sure to be in every editorial round up of best spring accessories.
Bailey is clearly channeling some sort of drab climate, whether its physical or economic, and that acknowledgement of the situation is sure to make consumers feel understood. And that kind of understanding leads to the loosening of purse strings because after all Burberry knows things are tight, that we are sad, that we can't get it up for something frivolous. But spending on drab basics is totally OK even in the worst of times. Which makes this collection the best of times.