Gwyneth Paltrow in Burberry Prorsum

Posted on April 27, 2012

We don’t know if Gwynnie actually had lunch in this, but it certainly screams Lady Who Lunches, no?

Gwyneth Paltrow out and about in NYC in a Burberry Prorsum dress paired with Sergio Rossi heels and a Victoria Beckham shoulder bag.

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2012 Collection

Victoria Beckham Two-tone Shoulder Bag

And that’s not a bad thing at all in this case. She looks put the hell together. But man, that’s a tough getup to wear all day. Then again, she probably gets a charge out of maintaining perfect posture and sucking in her stomach for hours at a time. Maybe she’ll write a Goop entry about it. One thing’s for sure; whomever she met and wherever she went for lunch that day, you can bet she didn’t have a bacon cheeseburger and curly fries.

Still, we totally dig the look and it suits her to a T.


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    • Kiltdntiltd

      My only hot button here is that I would have liked her hair to be a trifle more formally styled.  But that’s a minor point.

      • 3boysful


      • PaulaBerman

         Or at least, you know, combed.

        • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg


      • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        I still prefer it over here over extremely straight or slicked back looks.  The softness looks good on her. 

      • lovelyivy

         It has been pretty windy- she might have started the day fairly neat and devolved to this state quickly.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        Yeah, her hair always bums me out. She’s another one who is stuck in the hair rut.
        It looks particularly sad here, like it hasn’t seen a comb in weeks.

      • Gus Casals

        Actually, I like that for once she forgot the pinstraight hair

        • Kiltdntiltd

           You have me on that.  The waves are a real improvement.  I only wish it wasn’t so sloppy looking.

          • MilaXX

             THIS. I think the hair needs a bit more curl at the bottom. Otherwise I like the look.

      • librarygrrl64

        This x10.

    • Addicted2Glamour

      Is she contractually obligated to hold that shoulder bag like that ?

      • Rebecca Johnson

        Yes, otherwise Posh won’t take her calls anymore. 😉

      • kimmeister

        I don’t even see how the bag could even fit on somebody’s shoulder, unless said person was a child.

    • l3icest3r

      Dress is beautiful, but hair looks busted. This look suits her perfectly though.

      • Lilak

        “Busted” is right … in more ways than needing a comb.  
        Otherwise, yes, a most suitable look for Miss G.

    • foodycatAlicia

      Much better without the bow belt the model is wearing. 

    • Melinda Mayfield Pino

      When I see “Burberry Prorsum,” my country-girl brain always reads “Burberry Possum.”

      • tsid2012

        ME TOO!!!  I watched the movie “Winter’s Bone” again the other night.  Fantastic movie but it strikes a little to close to home to his recovering “country white trash” guy.  Like an extra family gathering…

      • Stine Vejen

        Hahaha, mine too!

      • SewingSiren

        Count me amongst the ‘possum  readers.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        I’m seeing Blueberry Possum. sigh. Can’t tell if I’m going crazy or just tired.

      • YayaGurl

        I was just about to post how much I hate the word Prorsum.  I think Possum would be an improvement.

        • makeityourself

          I have always seen “possum.”  Possum would be an improvement because I don’t know how to say “Prorsum.”  And I’ve never heard anyone speak the word.  Does it sort of rhyme with “foursome?”  Maybe if i watched one of their famous videos that would help.

    • mellorcr

      It’s probably a line of ruching that makes it look that way, but in the last pic it’s distorting the shape of her bottom in a very unflattering fashion.  I’ll bet they had to tell the model to hold her arm “just so” in order to hide that in the pic from the collection.

      • fallen_ikon

        I was thinking that exact same thing. That dress in motion does not do her tush any favors. It makes her look like she’s smuggling a washboard under her skirt.

    • Heather

      Nitpicky, but it looks very Fall to me?

      • foodycatAlicia

        If NYC is as cold and wet as it has been in London recently, fall colours are pretty appropriate! We still have the heating on!

        • Heather

          It’s been very up and down, so you see weird combinations, like a sundress and sandals with a coat worn over! :-v)

      • butterflysunita

        It really feels like fall in NYC right now.  The leaves are even falling off the trees.  

    • MandyJane

      I love the bag the model is holding. 

    • Anna Daugherty

      I think a belt in goldenrod would look great. Not necessarily the one on the model, but something to break up the monotony of the gray. 

      • giiiirrrr

         Totally agreed.  The color from that belt gave the outfit that special pop.  It’s a bit schoolmarm without it.

    • tsid2012

      That dress looks insanely great on her.  LOVE it….

    • Paigealicious

      I love that dress, but it looks a bit too…”fall” for April…

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Gwennie fully covered and looking good.  Love that dress.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      It’s really a beautiful dress and she’s got the bod for it. I’m not really sure that gray is her best color, though.

    • Dr Skylaser

      I like the Burberry bag better than the Vicky B one she’s carrying.  It looks sort of plasticky, and to my eye doesn’t talk nice to the dress (which does look great).

    • Uche

      Eh.Dislike the fabric, and it looks uncomfortable.

    • introspective

      Fit of the dress is to die. Purse is a win. As noted, the hair is a mess. But she’s still rocking the look.

      which makes for a caps off werq. as in “werq that upper east side chic gwynnie!”

    • Gus Casals

      The look is perfect for her. Love the shoes and the bag too, and I’m surprised you accessories bitches didn’t mention it.

      • Adriana_Paula

        Those shoes are perfection.  Plus, if you’re Jennifer Jason Leigh, you could totally stab a dude in the eye with the heels.

    • janetjb

      Come back in October Gwen and I’ll tell you how good you look.

      • Veronika Kaufmann

         that’s exactly what I thought. So not season-appropriate.

    • nannypoo

      In spite of all the positive comments here, I sure do hate this dress. I don’t like the color, the fabric, the ruching, the length (refer to any picture of Cathy Cambridge to see how to remedy the length problem), the styling, the celebrity or the celebrity’s hair. She should save this outfit for when she’s 70 years old and then we’ll all be commenting on how flattering it is for a woman her age.

    • Beardslee

      she looks great

    • mshesterp

      My goodness, the model almost disappears when she turns to the side, doesn’t she??

      Even though it strikes me as fall-like, I like this on Gwyn, and her hair too (the waves are soft and pretty, if a little unkempt).  She looks good.  Love the heels–it’s hard to find a good, simple, flattering black heel.

    • mjude

      but tlo her hair

    • Tadiana

      The dress looks more like office wear than ladies who lunch wear.  She really should just give it to me.

    • dress_up_doll

      It’s been cool as crap here lately, so I’ll cut her some slack on wearing the pre-fall fashion. However, it fits her like a dream and sans the wacked hair, she looks pretty fabulous.

    • Little_Olive

      Great dress, but I would have added a little styling interest; maybe not just like the model but something in that direction. 

      And she needs to shorten her bra straps about an inch. And maybe wear a harder-cupped bra, so her boobs are not squished like egg yolks under the heavy fabric.  

    • Malice Grant

      Huh. I’m not swayed. And the lines of ruching around the hips give it the vague impression of undies on the outside, or a leotard with an attached straight skirt. Took me a minute in that first pic to realize it was ruching, and not a high-waisted undies showing through the fabric.

    • Veronika Kaufmann

      yes, it suits her but it’s such a autumn look, no? Maybe she just came back from Melbourne and got the seasons confused because “oh my gosh, I travel so much and my assistants forgot to tell me which hemisphere I’m in.” 

    • StillGary

      I gotta give anyone props that can stand on those shoes for more than 10 minutes — I know a lot of the kittens can do it — looks awesome!

    • BayTampaBay

      I think she looks great!

    • Jessica Rowe

      LOVE that bag.

    • Sara Leigh Merrey

      The look’s great. I still don’t like Gwennie though.

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      She looks fantastic and so chic. I love that dress.

    • Nancer

      Better question – where can I get that purse? It’s beautiful. Unfortunately, probably also mega-expensive.

      Ok I’m back, just clicked the link and checked the price. $3k. I know people who have paid less for cars than that! Guess I won’t be carrying a Victoria Beckham purse any time soon.

    • Stefanos Mantyla

       She has a beautiful profile.

    • marilyn

      I agreee.  It is time for Gwennie to give up the overbleached teenage surf girl hair look.  She is really long in the tooth for that one.  Maybe she needs to check out Cameron Diaz

      • AthenaJ

        Gwenyth still looks pretty young, though… time has not been as kind to Cameron’s face.

    • Susan Crawford

      Not loving the hair, but the dress is great, if a bit autumnal (even for a rather chilly spring NYC day). LOVE the VB bag.

      Still anti-Gwynnie/Goopie.

    • poggi

      I didn’t even notice all the puckering design of the dress in the first shot.  I like it, although in the profile pic the puckering makes it looks like she has a cottage cheesy butt.  

    • Kyle Crawford

      I don’t think she has ever looked better!  SO happy that monster shoes are five min ago….

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      Is it just me or doesn’t the model look like Susan Dey from the Partridge Family?

    • mom2ab

      Girlfriend needs a better bra.

    • murt

      Wow that dress actually looks super comfortable with the stretchy knit…. And like GP needs to suck in her stomach. I’d love to get one for work.

    • Carla_Charlton

      That dress looks fantastic — understated, sophisticated.  Her hair looks so much better like this, rather than stick straight (which seems like a dated look).  I have to grudgingly admit that, more often than not, Gwyneth looks really good.

    • Chaiaiai

      Hmmm.  Interesting that GOOP is carrying a Vickey bag when Stella, G’s bestie, loathes her.  I wonder what that means…

      • AthenaJ

        Perhaps Gwenyth has recognized the horrors Stella hath wrought upon the world of fashion and is taking a stand against her? One can only hope…

        • Chaiaiai

          We can hope….maybe this is how RICH!BEST!FRIENDS! send a message.  In the press.  Passive aggressively….

    • IAmJ

      It’s a great dress and it looks great on her. My only complaint is the makeup (or near absence thereof).

    • SpcilK

      I am not a fan, but she looks AMAZING! She looks like a shipping magnates trophy wife.

      • Basket

         She played that character in a movie with Michael Douglas. 

        • SpcilK

          Well she is a character and a caricature of herself at times.

    • Vera

      I find her extremely annoying, but she looks good.

    • Basket

      I am too bias to judge.  When I see her, I cannot see pass her mega-privilege….it’s just there, staring back at me.all.the.time. 

    • Sophie Collier

      Very good business woman look.  I think a pop of color SOMEWHERE would have ramped up this ensemble to a “WERQ” but there isn’t really any flaw I can find here.  

    • Lina_bee

      I like the dress, but I’d prefer it with brown accessories instead of black. 

    • Deborah Lipp

      Makeup and hair suck balls.

      Just sayin’.

    • Julie Chase

      Love that bag.

    • Melissa Brogan


    • CQAussie

      This look is great on her, I love it head to toe, especially the shoes and bag!

    • EEKstl

      Gawd, I wish I had both the figure and the wallet for that dress.

    • guest2visits

       I wish I hadn’t seen all that unattractive ruching in the last pics.  I thought it was just a very nice column dress that
      fit her beautifully at first.   Everytime I see ruching; …why?  It always looks silly and excessive.

    • myblackfriendsays

      It looks better on the model.

    • Terence Ng


      …I’ll drink to that.

      • NurseEllen

         And one for Mahler!

    • sleah_in_norcal

      pretty damn conservative, no?  a hot belt might add some interest.  are we sure that’s gwynnie?  the profile looks nothing like her.

    • Sarah Winningham

      Love the model’s bag.

    • Kate4queen

      I like it all :)

    • rainwood1

      That’s an outfit you can shop in only if there’s a limo outside your every destination.

    • afabulous50

      BRUSH. YOUR. HAIR. ….or at least wash it before you go out.  Otherwise – fabulous!

    • sashaychante

      Kinda boring.  Her hair is always so stringy.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      I can’t help thinking she looks wealthy rather than stylish, and the bag in the original color would have been a better choice.  (And yes, I did just dis a $3k handbag.  Living the dream.)

    • momogus

      Love love love.

    • Lisa Kramp

      LOVE that dress! But the bag belongs on the arm of my lovely, 90 year old Aunt!

    • Zippypie

      Spanx working overtime.  I like this a lot, just not the overprocessed messy hair with roots.  I like her with a more golden blond – less harsh. 

    • kikisayshi


    • R LM

      I do like the waves, and that is a hot ass dress.  Speaking of ass, she may not quite have the bum to fill that out  – but I do!  😀

      • How to Faint

        Seriously. That dress is begging for a butt like a question mark, not  an exclamation point. 

    • Judih1

      Nice dress, but looks like dress for the fall season, not spring

    • DebbieLovesShoes


    • Willis Cramer Kliefoth

      She looks great, but that dress seems so out of season and too serious. A bit of a downer.

    • fursa_saida

      I LOVE that bag. Damn you, Posh, with your surprisingly actual talent.

    • PeaceBang

      She looks amazing. I love her hair when it’s not ironed to a crispy fry (I know she doesn’t EAT fries, she just does that to her hair).

    • DeTrop

      Back in the day, we wore dresses like this to the office.  I swear it’s true.  This was before all the pants suits started showing up in the 70’s to give women the look of being equal to men.  There were no spanx back then, but we did have the horrific ‘rubber girdle’. What a treat that was getting into and out of.  Baby powder anyone?

      Oh, I forgot – she looks great.