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Spring 2017 sneak peek: Burberry Silk and Bloom palette

Burberry Silk and Bloom blush palette

I hope Burberry doesn't stop releasing their runway-inspired palettes, as I've become quite fond of them. While their most recent offering isn't my favorite, I will certainly take it over nothing.  For their spring 2017 blush palette, Burberry chose a hexagonal floral pattern that appeared on several items in the fashion collection (and, interestingly, on the runway floor).

Burberry spring 2017
(images from us.burberry.com and vogue.com)

Burberry Silk and Bloom blush palette

One significant item of note that I somehow missed when discussing the fall palette was that the wallpapers Burberry borrowed for patterns to use in their spring 2017 collections are housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, so off I went to see if I could find the originals.  To my astonishment and great delight they were available to view online!  Here's the one that inspired the spring 2017 pattern.

Wallpaper, ca. 1830
(image from collections.vam.ac.uk)

According to the V & A, this was made around 1830:  "This wallpaper was designed to imitate moulded plasterwork.  Moulded plaster was a fashionable method of wall and ceiling decoration in the 17th and 18th centuries, but it was expensive.  Wallpaper printed in shades of grey and buff was a cheaper way of achieving a similar decorative effect."

Just for my own gratification here are some of the other items that I mentioned in my previous post and the nail polish set, along with the original wallpaper.  These were available for purchase back in the fall, but considered part of spring 2017...sort of.   It's all very confusing to me, but Burberry was testing out the see-now, buy-now approach back in September 2016, hence why I thought the wallpaper-based items at the website were part of the fall 2016 collection.  Apparently Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey is doing away with formal spring/fall collections (in name, anyway) and showing one collection in September and February, with styles that are meant to be "seasonless".  I don't know about that so I'm continuing to refer to the Silk and Bloom palette, as well as the other wallpaper pieces, as part of spring 2017.

Burberry wallpaper-inspired jacket

Burberry wallpaper print tee

Burberry nail polish set
(images from us.burberry.com)

This paper is from the mid-18th century and used to imitate "print rooms".  "This was a room decorated with prints that had been pasted on to the walls, with the addition of printed paper frames and borders. It was intended to give the impression of a room hung with framed pictures. Designing and installing a print room was a fashionable hobby for the wealthy in the 1760s and 1770s. Using a wallpaper with a 'print room' design was a cheaper way of achieving the same effect. This is one of several print room papers from Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire; it was hung as part of the major redecoration of the house undertaken by Sir John Hussey Delaval around 1760."

Wallpaper, ca. 1760
(image from collections.vam.ac.uk)

Anyway, back to the Silk and Bloom palette.  Overall it's pretty and the vibrant rose color is to die for, but there are a couple details I'm not loving.  First, there's this odd rough texture surrounding the flowers.  I'm guessing it was a deliberate attempt to replicate the textural variations of silk fabric, which would make sense given that the pattern comes from silk garments, but I feel like it should be smooth - it almost looks like the palette is defective.  On silk clothing obviously this texture is to be expected, but I don't think it works on a powder surface.

Burberry Silk and Bloom blush palette

The second detail I'm not crazy about is the closeup view of the pattern.  While in other palettes I adore the zoomed-in effect - it allows you to see more detail - in this case the closeup of the flower cluster sort of reminds me of cells under a microscope (in this case, algae cells).

Burberry Silk and Bloom palette

I think the pattern works well on the clothing (and on wallpaper, for that matter), but this is one of the few that, in my humble opinion, did not translate well to makeup form.  (Or maybe I'm still cranky over not being able to snag the adorable heart-adorned First Love palette, grrr.)  Whatever it is, I vastly prefer the spring and fall 2016 palette designs over this one.  It's especially disappointing given that they could have modified the pattern to make it work for makeup - I would have gladly sacrificed a closeup view to have more of the whole pattern, since maybe then it wouldn't remind me of a biology class.  :P  Or Burberry could have chosen a different pattern entirely, like this one.

Burberry spring 2017

This single flower would be gorgeous - with a design like that, I'm envisioning the level of intricacy and color variety on par with Chantecaille's Butterfly eye shadows, and it could have with lots of shimmer on the petals like Sisley's Orchidée palette.

Burberry spring 2017

Or maybe eschew flowers entirely and do something totally unexpected, like the graphic pattern on this bodycon dress?  I bet it would make a great bronzer.

Burberry spring 2017
(images from us.burberry.com)

What do you think?  Check out the Museum's Burberry category for glimpses of previous runway palettes and let me know how the spring 2017 one stacks up in your opinion.  :)

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Burberry fall 2016 runway palette

Burberry fall 2016 runway palette

Burberry has been on quite a rapidly upward trajectory in terms of their runway palettes - each one seems to be more eye-catching than the last.  So as soon as I got wind of their fall 2016 palette I knew I had to have it as I think it's the prettiest one they've done so far.  Sadly, there doesn't seem to be an additional red and black palette, which many makeup junkies thought there would be based on this photo.  I did a live chat with Burberry and called a store in Soho, and nobody I spoke with had any idea what I was talking about.  Now that the collection has been out for a while, I'm guessing the red and black was just a weird overlay someone decided to stick on there.  Why someone would put a different colored overlay onto such a lovely highlighter is beyond me (and somewhat cruel, leading us beauty addicts to think there would be another palette in different colors) but in any case, the gold is enough by itself.

Burberry fall 2016 runway palette

Burberry fall 2016 runway palette

Burberry fall 2016 runway palette

Burberry fall 2016 runway palette

Once again, the print was borrowed from their most recent collection.  And once again, I was sent on a wild goose chase trying to figure out exactly which print it was.  There were many floral patterns in Burberry's fall collection, but none seemed to be the exact one on the palette.

It wasn't from these...

Burberry fall 2016 dresses

Or these...

Burberry fall 2016 dresses

They were very close but not 100% identical.  Then I found this trench coat and these 2 dresses. 

Burberry fall 2016

So that's where you were hiding!  Here's a detail to you can see it a little better.

Burberry fall 2016 dress detail

In poking around the Burberry site I also found this nail set, which borrows a vintage wallpaper-inspired pattern.

Burberry fall 2016 nail set

And just for funsies, off I went to locate the print within the clothing.  Some of the women's pieces had a wallpaper print but it wasn't the same.

Burberry fall 2016 wallpaper print

Burberry fall 2016 wallpaper print

As with the spring 2016 runway palette, the exact design on the nail set was taken from some of the men's items.  I find it a little odd that there seemed to be different wallpaper prints for the men's and women's lines.

Burberry fall 2016 wallpaper print

Burberry fall 2016 wallpaper print

Burberry fall 2016 wallpaperprint detail

Burberry fall 2016 wallpaper print t-shirt(images from us.burberry.com)

Again, I'm not sure why Burberry utilized a print that appeared only on the men's side for a nail polish set that's ostensibly being marketed to women, but I must say I enjoyed the hunt!  I'm still debating whether to pick up the set for the Museum, since the pattern is pretty and works well as an outer case.  As for the palette, well, it's easily my favorite of the runway palettes Burberry has released thus far.  I really liked the spring 2016 lace edition, but I think this one is a tad more intricate, not to mention shinier - I love the foil-like gleam of the flowers.

What do you think?  Do you plan on picking this one up?

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Couture Monday: Burberry spring 2016 runway palette

I usually don't like to post spring items until at least the beginning of March, but I couldn't resist sharing a little taste of spring today.  Burberry continues its streak of "runway" palettes with two lovely highlighters - one a rich gold, the other a bright shimmery white - embossed with a lace pattern taken from their spring 2016 fashion collection.  I picked up the white one as it seemed more spring-like to me.

Burberry spring 2016 runway palette

Burberry spring 2016 runway palette

Burberry spring 2016 runway palette

Burberry spring 2016 runway palette

Burberry spring 2016 runway palette

Burberry spring 2016 runway palette

Burberry spring 2016 runway palette

Burberry chose a leather and lace theme for their spring 2016 collection. 

Burberry spring 2016 ready-to-wear

I eagerly looked at the detail photos for the lacy pieces to find where the pattern on the palette had come from.  While it looked close to some of the pieces, it wasn't an exact match.

Burberry spring 2016 ready-to-wear

Burberry spring 2016 ready-to-wear

And then I realized the pattern on the palette is actually from the lace that appeared on several men's items.  I hadn't thought to investigate the details for the men's stuff initially, but the fact that I couldn't find the exact pattern was driving me nuts so I took a good look at them.

Burberry spring 2016 ready-to-wear

Here's the section of the pattern that was reproduced on the palette.

Burberry spring 2016 detail
(images from vogue.com)

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Burberry took the pattern from men's items, which is a tactic Paul & Joe also uses occasionally, but I do find it interesting.  I wonder whether their marketing people thought it would be more visually appealing or whether it was easier to re-create in powder form than the lace that appeared on the women's pieces.  Like Chanel's Dentelle Précieuse, I guess we'll never know their reasoning for using this particular lace pattern sure. 

What do you think?  Where does this fall for you in terms of lace-themed palettes?  I like it more than Dior's and Dolce & Gabbana's, but still not as much as the aforementioned Chanel.  I also like it more than both of Burberry's previous runway palettes, as it was more intricate than the fall 2015 camouflage palette and not quite as literal as last spring's "Rain or Shine" palette - I had to dig a little for the pattern.


Couture Monday: Burberry fall 2015

I don't think the fall 2015 palette from Burberry is quite as cute as their spring 2015 offering, but it was worth purchasing for the Museum's collection.  I may be biased because I finally fulfilled a long-time desire to get a camouflage jacket as homage to a character from one of my favorite TV shows, or it could just be my love of green eye shadow, but in any case camouflage is especially appealing to me right now. 

Burberry fall 2015 runway palette

Burberry fall 2015 runway palette

Burberry fall 2015 runway palette

According to the palette's description at the website, the print is inspired by Burberry's fall 2015 camouflage version of their bucket bag. 

Burberry fall 2015 camo bucket bag

However, the camo print appeared on many other items as well.  Here's a few:

Burberry fall 2015 camo bags

Burberry fall 2015 camo scarves

Burberry fall 2015 camo jackets
(images from us.burberry.com)

While this isn't the most imaginative use of a pattern on a palette, I still think it was the best choice out of Burberry's fall pieces, and you can't go wrong with such rich colors for autumn.  Sadly, that's all I have to say about this.  I wanted to write something profound and insightful on makeup as camouflage, but I'm pretty tired and my brain just isn't making any coherent connections right now.

What do you think of this palette?  Oh, and if you were wondering, the camouflage jacket shown in my pics is from Banana Republic - got it for 40% off!


Couture Monday: Burberry Runway palette

I thought I'd try to brighten up this grey dreary Monday by sharing a very cute palette from Burberry.

Burberry spring 2015 runway palette

Burberry spring 2015 runway palette

The palette's design was taken from a sweater and hand-painted bag from the Burberry Prorsum spring 2015 collection. 

Burberry spring 2015 rain or shine sweater
(image from us.burberry.com

Burberry spring 2015 satchel
(image from saksfifthavenue.com)

One of the inspirations behind Burberry's spring 2015 collection was vintage book covers, which is evident in both the "rain or shine" sweater and some other pieces that came down the runway.

Burberry spring 2015
(images from style.com)

In doing a quick image search for vintage book cover illustrations I could definitely see their influence in the Burberry collection, particularly the work of George Salter.  I'm not sure why Burberry decided to go in this direction for spring (plus, using vintage book covers as fashion inspiration isn't a new idea) but I'm happy to see literary themes any time of year.  :)

Getting back to the palette, I think the design works equally well on clothes and makeup.  I also liked that this was a change of pace for Burberry beauty.  I usually think of their makeup as being refined and sophisticated but at times it can get a little stuffy - they don't have a ton of what I'd consider "fun" (read: loud) colors and textures.  I was pleased to see them let their hair down and be a bit more relaxed and playful with this palette. 

What do you think?


Mad for plaid: new Burberry makeup line

Burberry is the latest fashion brand to come out with a makeup line.  I think they did a pretty good job with the packaging, albeit not all that surprising.  I would have been a bit disappointed if they hadn't put their trademark plaid to good use, and they used it everywhere.

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I like that it's even etched in the face powders and eye shadows:

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(images from nordstrom.com)
 
So while this didn't knock my socks off (they played it very safe) it was fairly well-designed and definitely in keeping with the brand's image and aesthetic.  Maybe for limited edition collections they'll do a more interesting plaid pattern or colors.