We've known since 2017 that Burberry designer Christopher Bailey would be leaving the iconic British brand after being employed there for the past 17 years. What we didn't know was that his final show, the Fall 18 collection that will debut on February 17 at London Fashion Week, would swap out the brand's typical brown and black checked pattern for rainbow hues, and that the line would be dedicated to LGBTQ+ people around the world.
“My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to—and in support of—some of the best and brightest organisations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world,” Bailey said over Instagram. “There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity.”
The rainbow will appear throughout the designers' final collection, which is released in partnership with three LGBTQ+ charities around the globe: the Albert Kennedy Trust, The Trevor Project, and ILGA (The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association).
Bailey, an openly gay man, got married in 2012 to his husband, with whom he has two daughters. In 2014, he became the first out Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 CFO. Though Fall 18 is his last show, he'll remain in his position as Chief Creative Officer and President of Burberry through the end of the year—he has not yet named a replacement.
While it's still a few days until we'll see exactly what this colorful Burberry show will look like, here's a preview of the rainbow print:
Today we reveal #TheRainbowcheck and announce that #Burberry is supporting three LGBTQ+ charities, @AlbertKennedyTrust, @ILGAWorld and @TrevorProject, dedicated to broadening support for this community around the world. The rainbow, a symbol of inclusiveness and joy, is celebrated throughout the February 2018 collection . ‘My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to and in support of - some of the best and brightest organisations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world. There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity.’ Christopher Bailey . #BurberryShow #LFW