The Burberry FW21 Menswear show was a nod to the outdoors, combining the brand’s heritage and with creative director Riccardo Tisci’s flair and sharp designs.
The show was set within the brand’s Regent Street flagship store. With a beige and wooden background, the classical music by cellist and composer Peter Gregson only added to the polished aesthetic of the show. This was creative director Riccardo Tisci’s first menswear-focused collection for the British heritage brand and he pulled out all the stops. The digital presentation was streamed on their website, Instagram and Twitch, with over 16,000 viewers tuning in to see the collection.
Styled by Ib Kamara, the collection saw a heavy focus on outerwear, with many different iterations of the iconic Burberry trench. This included a backless version, a checkered design and even one with fringes, displaying Tisci’s desire to continuously reinvent the brand. These details and the star-emblems are a throwback to his time at Givenchy, when he designed Kanye West and Jay-Z’s outfits for ‘Watch The Throne’.
The idea of royalty was present throughout. From duffle coats affixed to look like a knight’s armour to hats that resembled those of a jester, the show itself played off the designs of British medieval aristocracy. There was also a significant presence of formalwear which elevated the offering. Grey tailoring, affixed with outer pockets, presented a more sartorial take on the ‘Gorpcore’ trend. The suits were paired with pastel shirts that featured a diamond-like design at the collar. In a statement, Burberry said that the collection “gently challenges and subtly reinvents traditions, inviting freedom of expression.”
The Burberry FW21 show was an ode to Riccardo Tisci himself. The collection clearly shows that he has been given the reins to implement his own touch at Burberry. What we saw today was a perfect blend of Burberry’s heritage and Tisci’s experimental take on menswear.
Watch the full show below.
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