Octobers issue of Burda Style presents many a contrasting style with some drastic variations on a theme. Lots of snuggly autumnal makes, some very stylish shapes and of course the usual couple of red herrings that make you wonder if you’ve missed the point!
First up are the pastels. Not my bag really. Far too girly and considerably more suited to the fairer beauties among us. But the fifties-style-cuts are always a winner.
On first glance this purple dress doesn’t look dissimilar to many that Burda has published before but then I noticed the bodice has side fronts for princess seams AND darts at the waist. Not sure about the point of that. And also I am really not sure about all the gathers being concentrated at the belly of the skirt. I have tried this before and really, it’s not a good look on me! Pretty though.
This lurex t-shirt is an easy little number. And there is a great step by step tutorial for it too. I quite like the subtle shimmery look but not how it’s styled here. Gathering issues again!
This next dress could be really stylish in the right fabric. It has “reversed pleats that open at the waist to release the fullness of the skirt.” Far classier than gathers!
Now as I sit here shivering, holding out from turning on the central heating, for the first time this year, I can imagine being wrapped up in this gorgeous mohair jacket. I love the asymmetric draped collar. It doesn’t look to be that complicated either… no lining… and unfinished hems… though in real life I might not be able to leave them as such!
Now I can’t decide if I like this dress or not. I don’t mind the high waistline. In fact that look is kind of flattering on me but those bust darts/pleats scare me. Perhaps a softer fabric would make them sit more comfortably. Striking though… all the same.
I do love a little bouclé jacket and though you can’t see it here, this one has a deep reversed pleat on the back to add swing! Would look better in red or black 😉
The ‘Faux Fur’ section delivers all number of snuggly things. This wrap, made of faux mink is genius and sooo incredibly easy. Kind of a lined tube with a horizontal slash within which you put your arms! I would have to make the matching bag too!
I will let you be the judge of the remaining furry fellas!
The ‘Refined’ section is just that. Some unusual yet clean lines. Minimilistic styles both modern and classic. This blouse has folded yoke pieces which transform a V-neck blouse into something a little more dramatic. Looks great as styled with a simple A line skirt. Not sure how practical the kangaroo pouch is though!
This asymmetric waistcoat looks comfy and pretty simple to make but I’m not too keen on the open neck for some reason. Not the most flattering but it’s got a certain je ne sais quois!
But this ensemble really does hit the spot. Really flattering. Quirky and comfy and certainly not frumpy. The hip wrap is fascinating. layers of wool, leather and felt. The faux wrap top is made of fine jersey and the pencil trousers are very slim fitting with a side zip which would be a style to tempt someone like me back to wearing trousers. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I did!
The following two garments incorporate a cowl neckline. which looks a bit half baked to me. Maybe it’s the fabric. Not sure. Doesn’t look intentional enough to me. Could end up looking like a dodgy mistake to the untrained eye!
Now I love a vintage pattern and I always look forward to this section but this swing coat isn’t my favourite. Looks a bit maternity to me. But I like the sentiment!
Oh but this one is…A special designer pattern by Gabriele Strehle. Burda you are spoiling us!
I’m afraid the plus-section isn’t very imaginative this issue. Not sure what happened here. Previous issues have had stunning plus size dresses so I was a bit disappointed by this section. There were a few goodies though…
Fast forward past some strange toy animal craft to some cute folky styles for kids. Not sure they’d get away with wearing that look in West London but it’s cute all the same!
Well I do hope I haven’t come across too negative. I really do appreciate the effort on Burdas part, to break out from the norm with some of the asymmetric styles. Always inspirational and still well worth the cover price.