Small changes moved the collection into a much needed, fresher direction, yet were subtle enough to keep his eager fans and loyal customers happy and, more importantly, stocked up with great overcoats, sumptuous bags and easy to wear dresses.
Most of next seasons key trend boxes were ticked: masculine blazers, round shouldered overcoats, towering platforms, slouchy cardigans and a palette of rich jewel tones.
Silhouette ideas were refreshed for autumn 08 with a slight nod to the omnipresent 70s theme in the skinny, silk, trumpet flared trousers, paired with towering platform shoes.
More subtleties in cut nudged the collection on further and fullness at the back of dresses and coats flared from yokes and tapered at the hem to create pod-like shift dresses, topped with must-have knitted gnome hats.
It was as if the collection was imagined sitting atop a toadstool in the heart of beautiful woodland, in fact, Baileys inspiration had come from the matchstick figure paintings of the British artist Lowry who painted the north of Englands industrial towns.
But it was the couture-like fabrics and colours that really made all the difference. Textures conjured the feel of nature, some in suede, carefully constructed to resemble bird like feathers, or small pieces cut and sewn - orderly and overlapping, while others appeared like wrapped silk or with feathers and leaf - like fringing, all in a rich palette of rust, bronze, gold, chocolate, emerald and navy.
In a week where restraint has been a key theme so far Bailey managed to offer a great balance of new ideas, simply luxurious pieces and a subtle newness to proportions that felt immediately right. Bravo.
Yesterday Giorgio Armani, Jill Sander and D&G also unveiled their visions for autumn/winter 2008 in Milan. Click now for the latest on all these shows and more. More