Evoking an English country garden a-buzz and a-flutter with insects, Burberry’s SS15 ‘Birds and the Bees’ collection was a bucolic delight. Christopher Bailey turned his attentions from the dramatic, splashy florals of last season’s Bloomsbury Girls to garden fauna, with hand-painted honey bees and huge butterflies alighting on skirts and trench coats.

The gardeners in this rustic grove were swathed in suitably nymph-like attire. Pastel shades of butter yellow, olive and dusty rose pink recalled the gentle hues of an English summer, which found its most romantic expression in a purple ombré fading from deepest aubergine to pale lilac. Pleated chiffons were used to ethereal effect, cascading in tiers over strapless dresses or wound lavishly around waists and tied in trailing knots.

All that floating femininity was anchored perfectly by sensible footwear, ­– colour-blocked Teva-style sandals, sliders and trainers – and paired with Bailey’s thoroughly modern take on the denim jacket. Burberry’s rendition of the classic had something for everyone: shrunken, cropped or wasp-waisted shapes; shearling peplums and ostrich-feather trims; and contrasting PVC accents popping on lapels, shoulders and pockets.

Written by Selena Schleh. Images © Burberry.