Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 16, 2013

Burberry designer Christopher Bailey clearly wants to move the brand into a lighter, more modern direction and with the heavy use of lace and sheers in this collection, as well as the retro-trendy pastels, he’s clearly staking his claim. But maybe we’ve just hit the wall on the granny panties or maybe it just doesn’t work here, but the combination of panties and pastels, rendered in some fairly buttoned down, old-school-looking shapes, just doesn’t come together for us. The last half of the collection, with it’s bolder shapes and colors, and the sudden infusion of stripes and pattern, is far more appealing to us. More of that, please, and less of the see-through granny clothes.






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  • MarissaLG

    LOVE. So chic, wearable, interesting. Very pretty.

    • Edmund Heng

      We seem to be the only 2 people here who love this collection, whereas everyone else has only mean and nasty things to say. It’s like the in thing to mindlessly bash a collection or designer just because Tom & Lorenzo doesn’t like it. And if T & L likes it, they’ll praise it to high heavens. It’s not fashion sense that some people are lacking, rather, what they need is a mind of their own. This is one of the nicest collections I’ve seen so far for London Fashion Week.

  • Michele

    I’m so over all the lace and see through crap.

    • carlaaxtman

      Ding! I cannot wait for fashion to decide that they’re done with granny panty/see-through skirts. Fugly incarnate.

    • Emily Smith

      I’d like a lot of those pieces once a lining is added…

      • Problem is with so much of that part of the collection, once lined it loses all its interest.

        • Katesymae

          If adding clothes decreases the interest though, it ain’t fashion – it’s a peep show.

        • Nicole C

          But also, the fit is so weird on all the lace stuff. It’s not draping at all the way they think it does.

          • kmk05

            Not just on the lace stuff, but also on those ultra-sheer floral skirts! Ridiculous.

            I can’t believe how unbecoming the fit is on the lavender lace dress (towards the bottom): if the top is squeezing a model’s bust and pulling across the thighs, then what is it going to do to normal people?

        • demidaemon

          Yes. Lining needs to be integrated into the original design, as often it can completely change how something looks and reads.

    • calimon

      and Granny-Panties

  • Lori

    Is it my imagination or are the stupid granny panties in this collection especially gigantic?

    • Fanny_Trollope

      It is not your imagination. I hate all the granny panties and naked boobies. That’s a winner combination right there, all right.

    • Katesymae

      They’re heinous. If you can make the very paragons of youthful beauty look geriatric or like they need a diapey change, RETHINK THE LOOK.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Yes, and so are the coats.

    • Lower L

      They’re especially gigantic in the front, yet not-so-gigantic in back. In photo 11, you can see the retreating model’s butt cheeks hanging out. It’s the granny-panty equivalent of peep-toe booties.

      • Lori

        Things that should not exist—peep-toe booties and the granny-panty equivalent of peep-toe booties. Geez, Louise.

    • fursa_saida

      Polterwang everywhere.

  • In_Stitches

    Ugh, such dowdy nipples.

    • alyce1213

      I see what you did there.

    • JDreesen

      i would watch a show called Dowdy Nipples. base it in Worcester and center it around a working class family with a precocious child attending some prestigious private school on scholarship. throw in an extramarital affair or two, a best friend who is perfectly comfortable with her thickset legs thankyouverymuch, and an annoying neighbour/neighbour’s dog/neighbour’s child no one ever sees on-screen but is always included in the plot each week, and i’d DVR the shit out of that.

  • susan6

    We’ve been seeing the seethrough lace and granny panties for the past, what, 5 years? Enough. The whole collection is tired.

    • And do you ever see it on the street? Are you ever at a dinner party where a lovely woman walks in with her giant panties on display? Is there an office setting where it’s become acceptable? Who, off the runway or red carpet, is wearing this shit?

      • filmcricket

        I actually have seen it in real life, albeit in a much less sheer form. It was a cobalt blue dress, and it did not show off nearly as much as these items do, but it was more than could be explained away by “Oh, it’s a bit translucent in bright light.” My immediate thought was “Oh you poor fashion victim.”

      • I have seen the formal pilchers being worn out, just not with skirts over them!

      • another_laura

        You read my mind! Not everything has to be for the street, but shouldn’t it be translatable to the street? How do you translate lace over panties to anything but lace over panties and no, I have seen no one in this look.

  • NMMagpie

    One half of a good collection, sort of. I am distracted by the Gretchen Jones granny panty vibe, throughout. It really brings the whole collection down.

    • GreenTurtle

      Gretchen meets Talbots with the knit coats and basic, everyday sort of pieces. There is some good stuff in there, too, though.

  • alyce1213

    Granny panties and lace again? Gahd. Maybe they should have the models go commando in those sheer skirts. You know, like the tops.
    I like the coats, the rest no.

  • Hated it.

  • Clueless_Jock

    The collection references Cathy Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II in unexpected ways.

  • Blair Sylvester

    It feels like other peoples work, the embellished coats feel very Prada, the stripes and polka dots feel Marc Jacobsy and some of the jacket shapes feel stellaish. also some truly terrible colors. Wow guess I’m not a fan

  • LongTall_Sally

    A college roommate used to tell a story about her grandma, who wore a hula skirt for Halloween at the nursing home but didn’t realize that it wasn’t a high-quality garment and that she needed to wear something other than her underwear underneath it. This is not a story that should come to mind when looking at a runway collection.

    • demidaemon

      That is a hilarious story, though. Not what I would want as inspiration for a collection but hilarious, still.

  • hughman

    “CLYDE, GET A BLANKET. Grandma’s done run out in just her slip again and the neighbor’s dog is yacking on the front lawn now.”

  • Cathy S

    You know, I usually love Burberry, but I don’t like any of of this.

    • Let it out

      Yeah, me too. This is a modern new direction exactly not at all. So disappointing.

    • decormaven

      My thoughts exactly.

      • demidaemon

        It’s not really modern though, even though the designer is trying to sell that. If everyone else has already gone down that road, you are not exactly exploring new territory by following in their footsteps.

  • vitaminC

    “New dimension in transparency? It’s tits and minge in cling film, mate.”
    – Magda, Absolutely Fabulous

  • flamingoNW

    They’re not actually going to try to sell all that super sheer stuff? Who wears that except supermodels on the runway? LLOVE the pencil skirts, though, when they’re not sheer, especially the red dot blouse with the black and white skirt. LOVE.

    • marlie

      The occasional “edgy” starlet. And the rest of them get this stuff lined for the red carpet/appearances.

  • The transparent shit is for the fashion editors to stick on magazine covers, the very pretty outer wear is for rich girls to actually buy. Boring.

  • marlie

    All of the sheer, granny-panty looks would have been SOOOOO much better with an opaque lining. Not everything has to be sheer! Not everything has to have granny panties! MAKE. IT. STOP.

    • flamingoNW

      really. They need to stop.

      • meowing

        They’re not attractive on any woman, even a stick-thin model. Hope the trend dies quickly–it’s sooooo far beyond its sell-by date.

        • demidaemon

          Considering it’s been going on for 3-5 years, it still going. I sure wish it was on its last legs, though.

  • Katesymae

    A big problem for me is how bunchy all the lacy skirts seem. Too tight on a model body? I shudder to think what it would do to us humans.

  • Katesymae

    The latter half of the collection is quite beautiful though, no?

  • broke&fashionable

    The two sweater/skirt looks would be what it would take to get me to love going to work in the morning. I am going crazy for them.

  • LaSylphide

    You know, when the transparent whatever/granny panty craze dies and is buried six feet under, I am going to throw a party and invite everybody on the ENTIRE PLANET because I will be SO F***ING HAPPY! There, now I feel better.

    • demidaemon

      Will everyone have to wear transparent granny panty style outfits and then burn them in a cleansing ritual? I could get behind that kind of party RIGHT NOW!

  • crash1212

    the model’s face in panel #8 says it all for me. Although, I do love some of those slouchy coats. Have officially been over the lace-over-granny-pants for quite some time now.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    I’m normally a burberry prorsum fan, but this collection is so drab. However, I do love the long lavender sweater in the 12th photograph

  • Dreamwr8tr

    Pastel lace + granny panties + allergy makeup (I’m referring the red haloes) = sexy sisterwife.
    The more primary color ones aren’t as bad. I hate the bottle cap designs and those t-bar high heels in every single color and outfit scream FUG BRIDAL STORE OVERRUN.

    The idea of the trench being layered isn’t bad, but it’s unstructured over unstructured and will make 99% of women look sloppy.

  • MilaXX

    Yeah, the world truly doesn’t need sheer pencil skirts, but the more streamline simple shapes are lovely. If they want more youthful go with the clean lines in the same vein as Kors or Calvin Klein with some nice touches like the stripe-y pieces.

  • kimmeister

    I think this collection is a fail from its very conception. Who “modernizes” things with lace? And how do you sit in any of the last 4 items without puncturing your buttcheeks?

  • Kate4queen

    Most of the coats are lovely -the big knickers and lace? Not so appealing to me.

  • Synnae

    Having seen TLo’s twitter post earlier today I feared some fug fest but actually I like most of the collection, the lace pencil skirts in themselves are great, beautiful patterns. Just put some lining in dammit! I assume that for the retail version they actually will.

    And I love the draped skirts with the splits, those are very gorgeous.

  • Depends and bathmats. (Why are they rolling up their purses like that? Or are they really carrying bathmats?)

  • HM3

    The see-through is a bit much, but nevertheless, I think the lace is employed properly and BEAUTIFULLY. LOVE.

  • YoungSally

    Love the grey coats but a lot of the rest is BWAHAHAH — That said, former PR contestant and yoyo maker, Angela (?) has a potential career at Burberry.

    • demidaemon

      Do you mean “happy hands at home” “fleurchon” maker Angela? Then, yes, I agree with you.

  • Donna Tabor

    “See-through granny clothes”–now there’s a juxtaposition one does not see often enough.

  • Donna Tabor

    Pencil skirts are pencil skirts, no matter what they’re made of. Have to say, this is not very exciting unless you’re a fabric kind of person.

  • Denise Plank

    Bored now.

  • RoseJB

    Those ultrasheer dresses and skirts with the dumpy underpants are laughable.

  • Jacquelyn

    The first half of this collection was almost offensively bad. Then it got interesting with some really nice pieces–especially the coats. But I don’t know that the good of the second half outweighs the (I’m just going to say it) tackyness and idiocy of the first.

  • steeg of their own

    Wow. This is objectively terrible. Yeah they’re see-through, but they’re so /dowdy/. I didn’t know it was possible to make a whole collection of see-through clothes look this unsexy and boring.

  • Trickytrisha

    80% blech. 20% meh.

  • JDreesen

    underwear whelmed.

  • Louise Bryan

    In my dreams, I want to get skinny enough and young enough to wear the black and white striped skirt with the red polka dot blouse — somehow that outfit lifted my spirits and put a song in my heart.

  • I’m all for light, ethereal looks but I’m starting to really resent having to buy clothes so I can wear my clothes.

  • Cate

    What’s with the unwearable sheers? I feel like this is only half a collection with those throwaway pieces.

  • jilly_d

    .Sweet Christ. I usually love Burberry, but this is a big pile of NO.

    • Toby Wollin

      With a side order of ‘oh dear…”

  • blergh

    Hell, I’m just glad that there’s a respectable level of model diversity happening here.

    • Trickytrisha

      Yep, I really noticed that on my second go through. Nice to see, huh?

  • valerie747

    Some of the coats are nice. The rest? Not so much.

  • To quote Kenneth Parcell, “Oh, no.”

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  • Sharon Newland

    It’s the granny pantie brigade!! I wonder if they hired Gretchen to design some of these? Not feeling this at all…

  • SouthernGirlRena

    If someone wore any of this around here, they would get their hearts blessed behind their back, and quite possibly arrested.

  • conniemd

    Some of the tablecloth looking lace could be easily lined. The more sheer skirts wouldn’t look good lined I imagine.

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan

    One of the worst Burberry collections I can remember–it looks like American Apparel.

  • demidaemon

    70% of this collection is a combination of every horrid trend that has been going on for the last three years. UGH. A couple of really cool dresses towards the end, but the majority is vastly unoriginal and not remotely what I think of when it comes to Burberry.

  • LJCdoc

    It’s as if somebody said “we must make see through clothes with granny panties. Here they are, now have some fabulous coats.”

  • quiltrx

    Well, I really like the pastels, anyway…
    The fact that most of the granny panties look BULKY is just GROSS. I don’t want to see that anyway, but I sure don’t want to wonder if you ‘went’ or not. 🙁
    I will admit, though, that I kind of love the notion of wearing a (well-lined, please) black-and-white-polka-dot-doily-dress!

  • mmebam

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: all the models have major bitch face because you insist on putting their tits on for show.

  • Burberry Prorsum: for the classy flasher on your list.

  • Too much of the same thing over and over.

  • Alloy Jane

    This is regrettably boring and not at all up to the usual standards. Doilies are so passé.

  • kmk05

    I don’t get it: is the designer offended by trousers? Does he think ‘modern’ women don’t wear them? Since this is supposed to be ‘modern’…

    The lace/granny panties are better not talked about.

  • oekmama

    nice= shoes, coats/coatdresses and 50% of pullovers.
    meh= the rest

  • save_the_hobbit

    Love, love, love pastels. What is the point of freaking see-through skirts and granny panties? Weird.

  • anotherkate

    Love the coats and sweaters. Hate the lace, sheer, and pastels.

  • kategs

    I really like the coats but had one tough time scrolling past pictures 7 and 8. Good lord.

  • lilazander

    I love the coats, hate most of the sheers.

  • rh33

    Granny panties? More like Depends. “Now in fashion spring colors!”

  • frannyprof

    Granny panties? More like granny diapers. So. Over. It.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Not impressed by the collection, but am impressed by the models. They really went for some beauties.

  • DuBey2

    Oh, Burberry. You disappoint us so.
    Not what we were hoping for when we opened the page

  • CommentsByKatie

    ADORE that last coat. Bored with everything else.