Samantha Barks in Burberry Prorsum at the 2014 Laurence Olivier Awards

Posted on April 14, 2014

Samantha-Barks-Burberry-Prorsum-Laurence-Olivier-Awards-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLOSamantha Barks attends the Laurence Olivier Awards 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London in a Burberry Prorsum lace-macramé dress from the spring 2014 collection.







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  • I like the modifications (ETA: it’s fitted well, apart from being too long). Nice face and jewelry — not sure about the hair.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Yeah that hair is not great…it’s not even really styled.

  • I would have loved it had she come out in some Lea Michele catnip low cut/hi cut romperralls. This would be good for Samantha Barks because would increase what the average person knows about her through tabloid spin (“took that poor girl from Glee’s part in Les Mis”, “She let Russell Crowe huff and puff on top of her for a while”) and increase it (“Lea can’t seem to make sexy work, but her arch enemy Samantha Barks can!”)

    • marlie

      I had no idea they were supposed to be arch enemies.

      • Reine Bron

        they aren’t, International Model is just making a joke because lea lost a role to samantha

        • marlie

          Aha. See, I didn’t even know that LM was up for the role. See how much I pay attention. 😛

        • If Samantha Barks publicist and agent ever want to take their idea of “Look! Another English Rose!” and kick it up a notch, they would make this rivalry happen. And it may not be the worse thing to happen to Lea Michele’s career, either.

          • Me Again

            I think you are correct that a public feud between Lea and Samantha would increase Samantha’s star power, and potentially Lea’s, as well. But I also think that’s really sad. Women are always pitted against women, and public feuds between them are fostered and exploited, and people eat it up. There aren’t nearly as many feuds–whether real or for publicity–between men. Not sure why the public loves a cat fight so much. It’s like we want to turn grown women into high school mean girls again.

          • I’d prefer a good old faux-shioned cat fight than a sex tape. Samantha Barks has already done reality tv before “Les Mis” – I worry. All of it is tabloid trash, designed to sell papers and stories of stars. Besides, if they have a cat fight, they can have a make up movie.

            That said, man…I would love it if Fassbender and Ewan MacGregor just decided that they were feuding. That’s a tabloid I’d buy…hot accented men, holding puppies, talking trash.

  • WendyD

    Can this “wearing lace tablecloths” trend die please? The runway version is a serious PR project gone wrong. Samantha’s version is just fabric with a fitted top.

  • @Biting Panda

    Curtains, instead of a tablecloth. How original.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    I wish it was lined, it is a pretty dress otherwise. The underwear showing makes it look like a beach cover up.

    Time for the visible undergarment trend to be o.v.e.r.

    • NMMagpie

      Concerning the granny panty issue: I totally agree.

  • conniemd


  • Evan

    Gurl, I can see your panties. Wear a damn lining.

  • DesertDweller79

    If it had been lined it would be passable, and better than the runway version. I’m so over visible underwear.

  • OVER the “Peek a Boo” gimmick… Design something damn it!

  • Watterson

    On the one hand, the modifications make the dress better, but on the other they also make it more boring, and this dress is DULL. A little more ugly at least would have made her stand out.

  • GeoDiva

    No idea who she is. While I like the color, I am so sick of this peek-a-boo shit! Enough already people!!

    • funwithpurses

      She is an amazingly gifted vocalist – played Eponine in the screen version of Les Mis.

      • GeoDiva


        • funwithpurses

          After hearing this woman sing, I don’t care if she wears a burlap sack. She’s amazing!

  • Fucksake, lining costs about £2 a metre. Can we pass the hat around for these poor starlets?

  • Imasewsure

    I’m commenting on the fact that this get up is too dull to comment on (upon?)…..ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • alyce1213

    It’s better than the runway, but would be much nicer fully lined. Not exciting, just nice.

  • ballerinawithagun

    There is no macramé involved here.

  • LeelaST

    It’s not sheer fabric over a mini, but it’s not much better. Still, she looks pretty.

  • Danielle

    I kind of like the shoulder detail, but this is mostly a snoozefest.

  • SugarSnap108

    The lack of design, creativity and fabric is impressive.

  • ChiKat67

    Is there some lining material crisis that we are hitherto unaware of? Has there been some critical catastrophe involving moths eradicating all of the lining material manufactured worldwide? Or is it something far less sinister? Maybe designers, realizing that people come in all shades, have refused to line clothing thus letting the wearer choose?

  • hughman

    “Oh, I love this dress. Let’s just take off EVERYTHING INTERESTING and I’ll be all set!”

  • KinoEye

    Those are very, very high-waisted underwear, unless my eyes deceive me. Why would she want to broadcast those granny panties worldwide? Yeesh.

    Pretty spring dress, though.

  • BlairBear

    Dear I don’t mean to alarm you but every actress/personality from a list to k list has already worn this dress in some form. Maybe try something radical and think opaque

  • Rhonda Shore

    The tablecloth milieu rages on…

  • In_Stitches

    So the underoos…do you send those back? Do you wear underwear underneath the underwear? I’m concerned.

    • demidaemon

      These are all great questions. Unfortunately, we have no answers for you at this time, because, we, the designers, did not think those logical conundrums through. Sorry.

  • Aurumgirl

    It’s a doily.

  • jilly_d

    Needs a liner and a skinny rose gold belt. And trade out the jewelry for something bigger, since you’re bent on making this dress into a less interesting version of itself

  • boweryboy


  • MilaXX

    Who jacked her eyebrows up? They look like the tail half is missing and it’s all I see.

  • marlie

    If the dress were fully lined, it would be really, really pretty. Her hair and makeup are a little too “casual,” but I really like her dress, and she still looks good overall.

    ETA: Upon further reflection, I’m sort of annoyed that the granny panties aren’t attached to the opaque top half of the dress, so there’s that 2 inches of midriff showing. That seriously bugs.

  • what not

    Reactions, in order: Sweet. Boring. Underwear. The model looks ridiculous.

  • demidaemon

    Lavender panty doily dress. NO.

  • Kitten Mittons

    Didn’t like the dress on Elle Fanning, don’t like it much here. It’s funny, because I hate all the extra stuff on the runway version. This version is boring, though. I’d call that a dress fail.

    This young lady is quite stunning, though.

  • unbornfawn

    Better than the runway version. I’m looking forward to the trend of granny panties to go away.

  • quiltrx

    Giant. Blue. Panties. I have to say no.

  • mjmiller77

    Like the mods, but the skirt needs to be lined – I don’t need to see her undergarments. And why on earth is it so long?!

  • scoobynacks

    Something about her face (esp in that first shot) makes me think of a young, brunette Kristin Chenoweth.