Friday 31 January 2014

Safari February 2014 Burda

As many of you know, I'm partial to the safari look and have already posted on sewing and styling a 'safari' wardrobe in "Safari Styling, a Primer," which you can read by linking over to  Part I, Part II and Part III. There are many great Burda safari looks already available in back issues.

So if I'm the Burda safari style blogger by default, it behooves me to comment on the so-called safari feature in the latest Burda. When I saw this previewed, I had high hopes. It's an attractive collection of items. But I won't be sewing most of these, even though I'm going to Marrakech for a few nights (remember, I'm in Geneva, which is Easyjetting distance only a few hours south to North Africa) and safari wear could not be more appropriate.

Most painfully, this collection lacks the key item, a real safari jacket. They've given us a 1920's waistless coat instead, (sort of a Lady Mary raincoat, which I rather like, but it's not classic safari,) along with a modified motorcycle jacket, pictured above and below, which looks pretty sewable, (especially compared to the white leather motorcycle jacket in January's issue with the totally superfluous second zipper slapped on the top.)

Maybe the idea of this collection was to evoke the Out of Africa mood of a Finch-Hatton flying jacket and the sort of coverup duster Karen Blixen might wear?

The most useful item may be the basic 'cargo skirt.' Made up in denim this would be really just a jean skirt, and ever since I saw Allison's from an older Burda issue I don't have, I've been hoping for a basic like this to reappear. It does qualify as safari, thanks to those generous cargo pockets and stitching details.

There are a couple of dresses which are standard items without so much as a single epaulet, but simply the addition of a pocket or two, even one sack which we'll call the 'safari nightshirt," but in short, Desert Rat colors guarantee no Mogambo buzz for me.

On an upnote, I'll give Burda a high score for those original trousers, which have just a hint of harem pants and thirties' loucheness to draw my eye.  I wouldn't be able to wear them well, because I have a high waist, but they are amazing in an era of eternal skinny jeans, and styled with the short jacket in the photo have a lot of panache. p.s. why is the model wearing shiny office loafers?


  1. I like this collection too, although all I've seen are the reviews. It takes a little longer for the magazine to get to Australia!

  2. I was a tiny bit disappointed with this. I've been hoping for a safari shirt dress pattern to appear in Burda and when I saw the name of the story I thought this might be the month. I guess it will come along eventually though.

  3. Hey Daze! I think this is the best safari shirtdress Burda has ever offered, in February 2009, if you have it linked below. Still one of their best safari collections ever. Basically, though you can stick epaulets and cargo pockets onto anything and you're go for the hunt.