Get the Burberry Prorsum AW14 look at high street prices
The Burberry Prorsum Autumn Winter 2014 catwalk was something special. The stunning collection, called The Bloomsbury Girls, was inspired by the artists and writers of the turn-of-the-century Bloomsbury set, including their artwork and their homes.
It was luxury all the way, with a riot of soft, warm/rich colours and a diverse range of prints and patterns. These included colour blocking, broad brush strokes depicting flowers and leaves, intricate William Morris-like designs, and various geometric and tribal prints. There were beautiful fabrics too: cashmere blanket wraps, flowing silk dresses and smocks, soft shearling jackets, velvet coats, and richly coloured lace.
All gorgeous, all more than a month’s rent. What’s the average fashion-lover to do (of course rent arrears are out of the question)? I’m not suggesting you should buy nasty cheap direct rip-offs of the designs – you’re bound to be disappointed – but you can usually find similar looks in the more affordable shops not long after most collections have gone down the catwalk. A surprisingly small amount of the collection has trickled down to the high street for this one, but I’ve gone the extra mile and managed to track a few pretty things down for you.
In the picture above, from left to right:
- BHS shearling jacket, £70 (almost sold out, alternative items here)
- East Georgina print coat, £225 – but currently 30% off at checkout
- Boden Sophia damask print skirt, £69 (other colours and prints available)
I was one of the lucky bloggers who got their hands on the limited edition Boohoo Zoe long sleeve midi dress – at a purse-friendly £20. Although that’s unfortunately sold out, you might like their floaty boho Imogen blouse in the same print (£18).
East deserve the biggest round of applause for their Burberry-like looks this season, although to be 100% fair they have been doing this sort of thing for many years. The next picture shows off some of their most beautiful prints.
From left to right, all made by East clothing:
- Antoinette print wrap dress, £79 (coming soon, but other items in this print are available already)
- Thalia print silk shirt, £89
- Dream print linen shirt dress, £44 in the sales
- Fara multi print tunic, £59
A huge range of other colourways and different East stock is available at John Lewis, House of Fraser and on their own East website. The scarves are especially beautiful this season.
And now, let’s move properly on to the accessories…
The footwear on the catwalk was almost exclusively made up of peep-toe stiletto or block heeled ankle boots in light neutral colours. You can find these in more affordable styles at many shops such as Aldo, ASOS and also at BooHoo (only £14 in the sale). The full collection also includes a few canvas shoes, so I thought I’d find some easy-to-wear casual shoes that reflect some of the fun designs seen at Burberry’s catwalk show.
- Miss Selfridge colour block cape wrap, £28
- Vans Della batik geo burgundy & orange print lace-up shoes, from £37.50
- Bucketfeet Archer geometric print trainers, from £25 on Amazon UK
- Accessorize painterly arts and floral long silk scarf, £12 (also available in large silk square, £20, or long stole, £14)
- Bucketfeet navy ‘Blue East’ flower lace trainers, from £28.50 on Amazon UK
- East Ophelia ochre embroidered tote bag with shoulder straps, £45 (also in blue)
- M&S domed tote bag in mink, £39.50
See anything you like? Are you going to go Arts and Crafts or a bit boho this season?