Burberry Prorsum Menswear Autumn Winter 2011

This collection was all about coats (did we even notice anything else?) with a selection of stunning wool, fur, and leather pieces. There is something for everyone here (and I mean this in a good way), structured wool coats, outlandish fur outerwear, and a selection of colours from ultra-classic menswear tones to brave, bright rainbow hues. But I do have a bone to pick with Burberry. When are they ever going to move on from these boring, skinny indie boy models? It feels like Christopher Bailey went into Camden ten years after Hedi Slimane did, and that’s ten years too late. His boys look so dated and so irrelevant. While the clothing looks fantastic, these skinny little boys are boring as hell, and make the collection look more suitable for a bunch of secondary school boys, rather than the real men who can actually afford it.

I love…

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a gorgeous orange pea coat.

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an even more gorgeous orange duffle coat.

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this crazy yellow duffle puffa.

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fur coats for men.

I loathe…

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that Burberry hasn't moved on from the skinny indie boy look we've been seeing for years. This looks totally dated. And unattractive!

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that this reminds me of badly dressed mods hanging out in Camden bars five years ago.

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really stupid hats.

All images from GQ.com.

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  • http://themonobrow.blogspot.com/ David Murry

    Rubbish! Wash you mouth out with soap. This is the burberry way and it has stood the test of time. Every brand has a look with models. Don’t trip on your trench.

  • Anonymous

    The Burberry way? Maybe you’ve forgotten the “trench” coat, apparently invented by Burberry, was originally made for soldiers in WW1. I doubt any of those skinny boys would have lasted 30 seconds in combat. And I’d suggest you look at a Burbery ad campaign from the 80′s. Then you’ll see that some brands, in fact most brands, alter their image as time goes by, to suit the mood of the era. Brands DO change their look, even that of models.

  • http://www.sprezza2raw.com/ Brad

    Hey Alexandra → I’m skinny, and I’m a real man! :-) Ha….. Just kidding, Alexandra → ♥ this post! But, seriously, I watched this Runway Show ‘LIVE’, and I can re-call thinking that those costs are cut HUGE! I would literally get lost in there! :-) I think these humongous coats, coupled with the skinny trousers over-emphasized the “skinniness” of the models & not in a good way. And yes, I am in total agreement with you → Hedi Slimane did this type of thing almost 10 yrs. ago…. Hedi was a visionary… Anyways, I’m so glad you did some “Men’s” posts, Alexandra. Thanks…

  • Anonymous

    Sorry…there’s nothing wrong with being skinny! In fact, my husband is
    quite skinny (despite my force feeding him protein shakes!) But we can’t all
    be emulating the look of the catwalk models, can we? The female models have
    evolved, yet it seems Burberry has been stagnant for the past few years with
    these high school boys on their catwalk…

  • Jasper

    yawn. those are some of the fugliest coats i have ever seen. the top one in red looks like a TOTAL and COMPLETE raf simons rip off circa f/w 09 which is quite unforgivable. some other jackets looked like it may have been prada.. or band of outsiders.. or i dont know, a LOT of other brands.i didnt like the collection.nor do i think there’s anything wrong with the models.. it’s burberry’s thing to have skinny punky boys as it is dolce and gabbana’s to have a handsome brotherhood of men

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, but the skinny punky boys were cool when Hedi Slimane did them for Dior Homme! Not now. Burberry got on that bandwagon way too late. (When I was in Paris about 6-8 years ago, I ran into a friend from a Camden indie band who had been flown to Paris and outfitted by Dior and Hedi was taking photos of them at a gig. Burberry is doing this same thing now, (and getting “credit” for it) and the bands they have chosen are whinning, crappy indie bands. I think its time to move on.)

  • Darcy

    I disagaree with your comment on the Burberry collection! Boo! “When are they ever going to move on from these boring, skinny indie boy models? It feels like Christopher Bailey went into Camden ten years after Hedi Slimane did, and that’s ten years too late. His boys look so dated and so irrelevant. While the clothing looks fantastic, these skinny little boys are boring as hell, and make the collection look more suitable for a bunch of secondary school boys, rather than the real men who can actually afford it.”

    I follow your blog and subscribe to it, however I am a big fan of Burberry and have to say that, in a world where clothing has always been designed for the “real man” as you call it, it’s always refreshing to see that Christopher Bailey’s take on men’s fashion has guys with my frame in mind. I agree that he’s a little late in the game (Heidi for Dior was way ahead, Raf Simons too!), however he should continue as it maintains some variety in the men’s fashion world. There is always a lot of the same out there. Look at DSquared, D&G, JPG. Abs, pecs, glutes, always the same! I’m not that guy and can’t relate.

  • Anonymous

    You’re suggesting that each designer’s models reflects their customers, but
    that is not the case. I don’t have a model’s body, and never have, but there
    are still brands that would be likely to fit me better than others (for
    example, Lanvin and Vivienne Westwood suit curvy bodies more than Jil Sander
    or Balenciaga. But Lanvin still puts super skinny girls on the catwalk.) The
    models a brand sends down the catwalk reflect a trend, a season, and an
    image, not a customer (have you ever seen wealthy 50 years old walking down
    Chanel’s catwalk? That’s their bread and butter.)

    And both D&G and DSquared2 have made clothes that WOULD suit a skinnier guy,
    but it doesn’t mean that’s what they send down the catwalk. My husband is
    closer to the Burberry guy than the D&G guy, so I don’t have a problem with
    that type, but we look to fashion brands to evolve. Burberry simply hasn’t.
    And also, when you look at their collection, most of those coats would suit
    “abs and pecs” guys very well. This isn’t about model equals customer, this
    is about brands evolving and not doing the same thing over and over again.

  • Darcy

    Point taken, thanks for your insight, Alexandra.

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