Burberry Fall 2014 Runway Bags 33

There is something of a fine line between “art” and “art project,” and during the Burberry Fall 2014 runway show, the brand’s hand-painted handbags didn’t often stay on the right side of it. In a post-show interview with Vogue, brand head Christopher Bailey spoke of having studio staffers paint the bags, and the results generally looked like the product of hands whose primary job is not, in fact, painting things. A “back-to-basics” approach was clearly Bailey’s intent, but unfortunately it doesn’t make for bags that look particularly luxurious or expensive.

The collection also includes some bags with large swaths of Native American blanket-print textiles, which are light years more sophisticated than their painted counterparts, as well as some bags, all in the same elongated domed shape, which feature velvet embellishments. The vast majority of the bags were painted with oversized, amateurish flowers and leaves, though, and although normally I love painted bags, I wish Burberry, with its nearly infinite resources and influence, had tapped actual artists to do the painting like Prada often does; the results would have almost assuredly been no less earthy but light years more elegant.

[Images via Vogue.com]

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  • Sandra

    Maybe they are on to something great…buy a bag and paint it yourself…it is completely your own style. I do think the velvet bags are interesting…

  • kemilia

    Some of the painted bags are kinda ok, but still not my style. Don’t like any of the fabric bags though.

  • renyoj

    Some of these are great, but it looks like the painted bags were rushed. I actually bought a YSL muse knockoff and painted it myself. I get tons of compliments about it.

  • kindled

    oh my god, I can’t believe how many thousands of dollars of bags they ruined with the painting. It’s pretty ugly as is but they painted on the exotics, too? *dies a little*

  • S

    One should never take fashion advice from Kanye and Kim. Painting an exotic, expensive handbag aint a good look.

    • Trish

      Hahahahaha that poor hermes bag

    • J

      hahaha how much do you wanna bet that he’s going to take credit for this

      • S

        I know right?!? I’m sure a song or a crazy interview will be coming in the near future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/petra.brankovska Petra B.

    Hand-painting aside, that shape is just awful. Burberry hasn’t produced an interesting and wearable bag shape for a while now (although the spring petals were cute-they’re still clutches).

  • FashionableLena

    Even without the pre-school style paint job, the shape and silhouette of the bags are not good. It’s so long and carrying with just the handles would be a nightmare. I’m assuming that there will be some modifications (optional strap, longer handles, different sizes) so that they will sell commercially.
    I’m also guessing that these runway bags will be sold as one-of-a-kind for an astronomical price.

  • eeek

    Who painted those bags? For getting those looks, I’d better toss bags to the kindergarten. Expensive bags? no.

  • WhosThatBag

    Mark = missed. I instantly fell in love with the Men’s bags they sent down the runway last month, shape, painting, and all, but these women’s pieces look like a parody on fashion. As a tall man, I love the length. For women, this shape is a bit too deep IMO. It’s just all wrong. Ps. someone mentioned an astronomical price; the men’s hand painted St. Ives totes were $5K.

  • shueaddict

    love the non-painted bags and I am quite intrigued about the velvet applications; but man, you’d need orangutan arms to reach in and get something from the bottom of the purse;
    I hope they will come out in retail with similar detailing on a more friendly shape.

  • U

    The only painted bags I liked were Prada ones. These are just hideous. Everything is wrong with them – the shape and the paintings.

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