Burberry Spring Summer 2014

This is the fourth season in a row that Burberry has done some really nice clothing, an I am extra happy because there are hardly any trench coats on show. The colour palette was an easter egg basket punctuated with a few neutrals and bold jewel tones, which was gorgeous. I love the silhouettes, the separates, and the styling. The only thing that is very wrong here (and I mean VERY wrong) is that there are a ton of sheer lace outfits worn over bare nipples or giant granny pants. Why haven’t brands figured out that women DON’T WANT THEIR NIPPLES ON SHOW. At least, the respectable ones don’t. And I think Burberry wants to attract those.

I love…

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lace shirt dresses.



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oversized cardigans worn with pencil skirts.

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the cocoon trench.

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this whole outfit: the thick, striped lace and the plain grey sweater with the high neckline.

I loathe…

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that this show is a nipple fest. But I do love this coat.

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sheer skirts with granny pants underneath. This only looks good on a catwalk. Wait, it doesn’t even look good on a catwalk.

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • Emma Cheevers

    FYI, that grey jumper is gorgeous. What you can’t see is the amazing backless detail at the back. I will fight you for the duck egg blue coat. WANT.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Let’s just both buy one, because we totally have $2,500 for a coat, right?

  • Rajan Sami

    I think runway stylists and designers still mistakenly think that nipples / near uncomfortable nudity counts for an edgier look on the runway but that’s so 20 years ago and it’s clearly not working for anyone. We all know the items are going to be lined for retail so why not show it like that – or are they afraid that’s going to look boring on the runway?

    PS. The cocoon trench is beautiful – well picked.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Yes – it drives me crazy! And it is annoying that the designers don’t think their commercial clothes aren’t god enough for the runway.

  • @Elaryen

    Maybe it’s intended to be worn over something else all along? ;) I mean, I’d wear that baby blue sheer blouse … over a nice cami

  • Sienna

    I thought the granny pants were a way to tone down the overt sexuality caused by the nipples–I agree they are a bit distracting at best.

  • Sienna

    It would be nice for me to see the finished product since I won’t be walking into their shops anytime soon. I can understand the runway theatrics/edginess is in part to get press (and pad the egos of guests like Paltrow & Becks) for nabbing a viewing of versions that won’t exist. But I wonder how closely linked a well reviewed show translates to retail sales in the end? Alexandra?

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I think a review can go either way – but it does not necessarily make or break a collection. Apparently Saint Lauren’t collections have been selling like hotcakes even though “everyone” apparently hated them. This would be a great question for a buyer – I am going to try and find out sometime in the next few months.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    It is, but why don’t they present things as they will be worn, instead of showing off nipples and granny pants? I know the catwalk isn’t reality, but this clothing isn’t exactly theatrical – some of it could be portrayed as it should be worn, right? It shows the designer has actual confidence in their TRUE designs – without having to distract everyone with nipples.

  • @Elaryen

    My first reaction whilst watching the show was actually “And who is going to wear that?” – not thinking it was edgy, just rolling eyes. So I had to think about the reasoning for a moment. What I came up with: Maybe the parts for “under” aren’t actually part of the collection, so you wouldn’t show them. Maybe they leave it bare so the customer can decide to add whatever garment they deem necessary to wear below, instead of spoon-feeding an “approved version”.
    It’s an entirely different matter if they do add say, the underskirts for the shops/retail. In that case, it is really just an attention stunt.
    It could be a good question to ask in an interview, you know?
    “Please, describe our readers the type of woman you envisioned wearing sheer/lace over granny pants for work/on the boulevard?”

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Haha, that would be a great question to ask Christopher Bailey backstage, right after the show, and catch him off guard.