Feb 23, 2016 4:11PM

Burberry Womenswear Does Grown Up Disco For February 2016

Shimmy shimmy ya!

The sense of narrative in Burberry's collections is always seamless, so it is only fitting young gun Jake Bugg was Christopher Bailey's choice to soundtrack this show. As he begins to strum his guitar, an army of models sashay along the catwalk to his unique brand of British blues, heralding the dawn of a new era in the fashion house's history — shows where selected pieces from collection are available to buy moments after they hit the runway.

As with the men's show, the nod to the 1970s is unmissable but here it manifests in maxi dresses and mini flares, bold stitch work and shiny patent trims. There's also a vivid disco influence evident in sequin fringe skirts and Lurex-y tapestry dresses. This is grown-up disco though, with shimmering panels peeping through pleats on maxi dresses and shiny flowers on cape-style blouses to take you from desk to d-floor in one shimmy.

Another notable detail was snakeskin trim on footwear, dresses, trenches and v covetable neat shoulder bags. As soon as those snakeskin shoes pranced down the runway, you could see people start typing, "rainbow patchwork snakeskin boots" on their phones and reaching for their credits cards — the perks/perils of an immediately shoppable show.

The coats in this collection were a real high point, from muted berry check wool overcoats to supersized parkas, sheepskin-lined bombers and patent trenches. The 70s details were evident again in bold stitch work, shiny giant buttons and oversize epaulettes.

As the show rolled on, we were also treated to shimmering tapestry, blouson sleeves, fringed silver sequin skirts teamed with ruffled wool jackets, and beautiful tasselled, studded leather boots. By contrast, the hair and make-up added some rock'n' roll, morning after vibes, a smart foil to such an opulent collection.

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Gemma Lacey