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Burberry’s S/S 2011 show – streamed for all to see

There is something to be said, without a doubt, for those halcyon days of yore when S/S shows were revealed to us in, well, the spring/summer magazines, and we knew nothing of the coming seasons above and beyond what we …

Wed, Sep 22, 2010, 17:23

   

There is something to be said, without a doubt, for those halcyon days of yore when S/S shows were revealed to us in, well, the spring/summer magazines, and we knew nothing of the coming seasons above and beyond what we gleaned from the whispers of fashion insiders.

Now, on the other hand, our thirst for information and knowledge means that we want to know everything now, and no sooner are we decked out in shearling (H&M currently has the best shearling bomber you will find this side of bankruptcy, in black, cropped, fitted – delicious) and camel but we are expected to take a look at what the spring, with its blooming buds and balmier days, will have to offer.

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Here is Burberry‘s S/S 2011 collection. First impressions? At 17 minutes, that is one long show. The girls can’t walk in the shoes (so chances of us mere mortals succeeding are slim). Christopher Bailey is sticking to Burberry’s heritage with the belted macs and sleek tailoring, which I would happily praise him for – and, hello, mint green! My new love. However, I can’t help but wonder (a) have we seen this all before? and (b) will anything ever match up to the wonder I felt upon first glance at the shearling amazingness of A/W 2010?

Finally, there is an elephant in the room, and never has a phrase been more inappropriate. We’ve been hearing, over and over again, about the move towards “real” figures – although, to be fair, there’s nothing more real about a size 14 person than there is about a size 8 person – with the rise and rise of Mad Men and Lara Stone and Crystal Renn . . . But these Burberry models are frighteningly, shockingly thin. I realise that some people are this thin. But not this many people. These women are wearing leather – leather, for crying out loud! – trousers that they don’t fill out at the front. AT THE FRONT. Where hip and pelvis should combine with FLESH, all things going well.

I just . . . my heart breaks a little every time I see a show in which the women look thinner than they did in the last show, in which the clothes hang as if they’re not people in there. And maybe that’s the point, but I’m, quite frankly, sick of it. Let’s make a new point.