Burberry Prorsum Menswear Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on June 25, 2012

You Burberry boys better be prepared to party come spring next year. Designer Christopher Bailey sent fluorescent metallic pieces bright enough to glow in the dark down the runway for the Purberry Prorsum Spring 2013 collection, and these looks demand to be noticed. He continues to play with wild prints; manifesting this time as geometric diamonds in pale tones. The shirts are an unusual length and one that’s not going to play well with every body type. It’s mostly all a bit outside our range, although these looks could be broken down and paired off smartly in order to tone them down a bit. Still, those metallics sure look like fun. We love the sculptural bomber jacket with metal luggage lock details and Lorenzo has a fondness for the metallic sandals and carrier bags. Unfortunately, we’ve also noticed a trend for – brace yourselves – pleated pants for spring 2013, and you can see some examples of that here.

You will pry our flat-fronts out of our cold dead hands, fashion industry. Or off our cold dead legs, we suppose. Fun collection, though!

 

 

[Photo Credit: burberry.com]

    • Pants_are_a_must

      Half Kanye West, half Matt Smith.

      In a cracktastic, futuristic music video straight from the early 2000s, of course.

      • http://thnlnk.com/financial-reports/TheLink/024 Mary G. Perry

         I far prefer to have the hotties working the Prada men’s collection...DemoforFrank.blogspot.com

    • hughman

      I HATE the shiny stuff. It all looks like sci-fi movie costumes for a gay bar on Planet Baked Potato. 

      • snarkmeister

        Yes.  And shiny metallic neon jesus sandals with socks?  Please God, kill me now, if this is what the hipsters are going to be wearing.  I still have to commute into San Francisco on a semi-regular basis for work, and I will have a very hard time containing my utter disdain for the fools who wear this crap.  I far prefer to have the hotties working the Prada men’s collection.  At least make my interminable BART ride to work less painful, boys.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2B6U4UNVYIV5DLEG6Z24ALYOC4 Dan Alexander

        By all means, one would never want to look like a “GAY”! Maybe you could educate us all on what one would wear to appear the chosen class of Heterosexual?

    • LongTall_Sally

      Whoa.  That’s a lot of look.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Most of this just doesn’t work for me.  The metallics are fun to look at and virtually NO ONE should ever be seen wearing them.  The bomber jacket, though I agree its great looking, also looks like it is going to consume the model whole. 

      I suppose it was inevitable that pleated pants would make a return. We have played out the flat front skinny pant thing to death over the past several years.

      • j_anson

        As TLo feel about their flat fronts, so do I feel about my boot cuts. Skinny jeans just don’t look good on most women larger than a size 4. I will go so far as a boyfriend cut, but there it ends! I gather a lot of women agreed, since boot and boyfriend cuts are still widely available.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        As long as tapered pants and jeans stay buried in fashion history, I can deal with pleats. 

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          One thing is sure about fashion, nothing, but nothing stays buried forever. Count on them to reemerge.

          • DaveinAlamitosBeach

            I like the tight jacket and loose pleated pants look (so sue me).  It’s very Charlie Chaplin.  Besides who can wear everything tight on their bodies?  Precious few of us that’s for sure.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              True facts indeed!

    • http://twitter.com/delysia_lafosse Delysia LaFosse

      Oh god. I live in Seattle, where a good portion of the population wears their Birkinstocks year-round; barefoot in the spring and summer and over socks in the fall and winter. Burberry, I beg you: please do not validate this look. Socks and sandals will NEVER be okay.

    • Lina_bee

      “He was wearing raaaaaaaspberry lamé. The kind you find in a second hand store. Raaaaaaaaaaaaaspberry lamé, hey, and if it was warm, he wouldn’t wear much more.”

      • TieDye64

        Hahaaa, brilliant.

    • http://www.filmsbyneptune.com/ Dani Colman

      I find myself forcibly reminded of NPH in a certain episode of How I Met Your Mother.

      • kimmeister

        Almost all of these ensembles look like one of his “challenge accepted” scenarios.

        “You dare me to pick up a girl wearing metallic sandals and black socks?  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!”

    • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

      They look like they enjoy the music and philosophies of Wyld Stallyns.

      • formerlyAnon

         Hahaha!

      • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

         Be excellent to each other!

    • http://twitter.com/obscureobjects David Calder

      I think I like some of the individual pieces, but I also think I’ve been blinded in both eyes by shiny. So who knows for sure.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Call me provincial, but I got the giggles at socks & sandals and never quite recovered enough to take the rest of it seriously.

    • inprovo

      I heard crinkling as I looked at the shiny shirt and trenches.  Mylar balloons and potato chip bags

    • kikisayshi

      Sandals with socks! Sandals with socks! Aaahhhhhhhhh! Other than that, this collection is interesting. I have a hard time judging menswear for some reason- I guess because it’s much more limited than women’s clothes as far as what pieces they can wear. I’m with TLo- I can see lots of these played down and looking great on some good lookin’ mens.

    • boweryboy

      LUV the black sweater, third row, middle.  The rest I couldn’t pull off. at. all.

      • aeg66

        No one does…not even the models.

    • formerlyAnon

      Hmmm. If ANYthing would reconcile Americans to black socks & sandals it would be those  metallic sandals. I admit I kind of like them with the long black slacks – what can I say? I think they add just the right happy touch to the otherwise ordinary.  But . . . outside of a few rarefied circles in which I do not move, I don’t think it’s going to happen. The Euro boys will get to keep those for themselves.

      I have to admit I like the first look, oversized print shirt atop raspberry mylar (oh, o.k.,  I know it’s not) slacks. I can’t justify it,
      I just like it. I will congratulate the first man I see wearing it. Pretty sure I won’t be required to approach anyone with those congratulations. Maybe it’ll filter down as barely irridescent-finished jeans for hipsters? And then be worn All Wrong.

      The SHINY metallic shirts and trenches make me smile. I confidently predict I will not see, in the flesh, any male wearing one. Maybe if I attended the right club scene, which I don’t.

      There’s an odd tendency for everything worn above the waist, here, to look either too large or too small.

      The oversized print shirts, I’m sure, will be seen. They’re patterned AND subdued and will be fondly expected to hide a softening midsection. It’ll be a plus if they’re seen as worn by far right guy in the 9th row of triple photos. That short grey overcoat (do they call them car coats, or is that only a womenswear term?) is pretty nice.

      It’s about time for patchwork (or faux patchwork) men’s shirts to cycle back around in the endless revival of all things ’60s and ’70s. I don’t think these are going to be the ones to make the trend go, but what do I know?

      ETA: Ignoring pleat-front trousers. They won’t last long. I pray.

    • formerlyAnon

      Hmmm. If ANYthing would reconcile Americans to black socks & sandals it would be those  metallic sandals. I admit I kind of like them with the long black slacks – what can I say? I think they add just the right happy touch to the otherwise ordinary.  But . . . outside of a few rarefied circles in which I do not move, I don’t think it’s going to happen. The Euro boys will get to keep those for themselves.

      I have to admit I like the first look, oversized print shirt atop raspberry mylar (oh, o.k.,  I know it’s not) slacks. I can’t justify it,
      I just like it. I will congratulate the first man I see wearing it. Pretty sure I won’t be required to approach anyone with those congratulations. Maybe it’ll filter down as barely irridescent-finished jeans for hipsters? And then be worn All Wrong.

      The SHINY metallic shirts and trenches make me smile. I confidently predict I will not see, in the flesh, any male wearing one. Maybe if I attended the right club scene, which I don’t.

      There’s an odd tendency for everything worn above the waist, here, to look either too large or too small.

      The oversized print shirts, I’m sure, will be seen. They’re patterned AND subdued and will be fondly expected to hide a softening midsection. It’ll be a plus if they’re seen as worn by far right guy in the 9th row of triple photos. That short grey overcoat (do they call them car coats, or is that only a womenswear term?) is pretty nice.

      It’s about time for patchwork (or faux patchwork) men’s shirts to cycle back around in the endless revival of all things ’60s and ’70s. I don’t think these are going to be the ones to make the trend go, but what do I know?

      ETA: Ignoring pleat-front trousers. They won’t last long. I pray.

    • Mary Baumer

      thats a lotta look.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RHLSUVX3NCPB4OSS5BM7GZIXUE P. Capet

      hard candy wrappers!  i like it!

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

        Exactly! I just thought “Oh look, delicious boys to be removed from their wrappers” – which indicates what a shockingly dirty old woman I have become.

    • Joshua

      Love, love, love those satin trousers. And long shirts. I only wish I were tall and skinny enough to pull them off, lol. I’m not crazy about those varsity jackets, but that blue three-quarters length coat is FABULOUS.

    • MilaXX

      I don’t mind the  prints, but the shiny satin stuff has got to go. The rest is okay.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313126032 Ajuna Ariel Fenty

      Metallic pajama disco? 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3DWDLRZCK3MZICZKYJDR55MC4Y soren

        I would go to a metalic pajama disco every night of the week.

    • j_anson

      Meh. Feels forced.

    • Aurumgirl

      I felt a mild attraction with the sweater in the mid photo in the fourth row; and then a sudden rushing flutter of my heart at the blue patterned coat in the middle photo in the row that’s second up from the bottom.  But then I saw the sandals and all that twitterpating stopped dead.  Talk about scroll down fug.

    • judybrowni

      i’d kill for the shiny purple tent, but in girl size.

      • judybrowni

        i meant ‘trench’, of course.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.leff.39 Jennifer Leff

      There are more than a few that look like they came out of “Back to the Future” 1, 2 or 3…

    • MzzPants

      Gahdammit.  Now I need a metallic trench.

    • DLJoe

      I have to say, I would’ve totally rocked these when I was in my teens/early 20′s.  Then again I am not ashamed to admit I have a love of tacky things and super heroes.  However at 32 years old I couldn’t be rocking these.

    • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

      The future is here!  Definitely a young man’s game. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

      I just hate the proportions throughout. Extremely broad shoulders, billowing sleeves, extra long shirts with extra long or extra short jackets–even the models look squat and oddly disproportionate. Throw in cheap shiny fabric, and I hate hate hate everything. Just hate it. 

    • aeg66

      All the shiny things he must be half raccoon…& a deluded raccoon at that.

    • VicksieDo

      Loathe it all….prepared to laugh at anyone wearing it in public.

    • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

      All I see when I look at this is fancy Zack Morrises (Morrii?). With just occasional Slaters and Screeches.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      I used to line Easter baskets with that metallic stuff in the late 90′s. Ha! Good times.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13953311 Missy Covington

      Dear Pleated Pants,

      No.

      That is all.
      XOXO
      M

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1576973112 Patricia Groves Dobrowski

        Word.  I just got the last of the pleated pants out of my husband’s closet two years ago.  Don’t bring them back!!

    • emcat8

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo! Not pleated pants! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Oh god, I thought they were gone for good.

      ::sobs:: Just look at their cray-cray crotches!

    • ccm800

      Yeah SCREW pleat fronts! NEVER going back – gimme the black sweater and any of those short sleeve button down longish shirts

    • DCSheehan

      Must have blue patterned coat. And yellow coat. Some interesting ideas here.

    • sherrietee

      My husband never moved away from pleats.  Not sure why, but there it is.  He’ll be happy that he’s suddenly trendy.  Okay, probably won’t even notice, other than it may be easier for him to find pants that he likes.

    • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

      3rd row, look 2.  I want that sweater!

    • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

      I just can’t see men embracing shiny pink metallic trenchcoats. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Oh sweet Jesus.  Are those colored metallic Tevas?  With socks?  Say it ain’t so.

    • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

      The whole collection screams “MATT SMITH” at me.

    • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

      The whole collection screams “MATT SMITH” at me.

    • afabulous50

      These looks make me glad I’m female…

    • afabulous50

      These looks make me glad I’m female…

    • snarkykitten

      pleated pants are so awkward

    • TomBord

      Foil Lame !!  Nothing says vapid better then foil lame……best worn w/ (f)uggs.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      No, really, stop.

    • guest2visits

      This was fun to view; a clean, futuristic sci-fi vibe. Love the styling; hair, glasses, and shoes; not so much the sandals.
      I’m someone who likes both pleat and flat front. Pleat seems to work particularly well with tweedy fabrics.

    • kirkyo

      Sometimes I think people’s negative reactions on here are a bit too much, but in this case I’d like to give this entire collection the finger. If I had to call one look out it’d be second to last row left pic. It makes we want to vomit (into the blue shiny bag).

    • KatDuck

      They look like Christmas presents. Wrapped by my grandmother. We can discuss whether that’s a good or bad thing, but it’s the thing.

    • DesertDweller79

      Is shiny a thing in menswear now?  If so, all of my male friends will be doomed to being unfashionable.

    • cucumberbatch

      minus the lame i actually am really kind of digging it… that concerns me slightly
       

    • frankystein123

      This is where fashion stands at the moment? PLEATED pants and shapeless jackets? WTF?!

    • bitterk

      Menswear is so difficult.