Words by Stephen George
Last Friday 11/5, Burberry sent social media into pandemonium with a collection of images from their Resort 2019 collection on their Instagram stories and feed.
The images are a first look at the brand through the eyes of its new chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci who took up the position in March replacing Christopher Bailey after 17 years.
The collection entitled – B Classic is a series of eight images that showcases and highlights the history of the brand. On his arrival at the house Tisci “wanted to celebrate the beauty, heritage and legacy that I discovered.” In doing this Tisci curated and styled the looks that were designed by the in-house team. This translated into a collection that is outerwear heavy and touches on Burberry iconography. The trench coat, the Harrington jacket, the car coat and cape in military green, brown and Horse ferry check came styled as his-and-hers outfits each couple photographed in loving embrace.
No new ground or trends are trends are being set here this is a collection made to keep Burberry in fashion conversation until Tisci’s official debut collection for the brand on Monday 17th September at 5pm. It does round off a 17-year era that Bailey championed Burberry and put the brand on the international fashion stage. This is a collection that nails the idea of fashion fluidity, the duality of clothes and gender flexibility of the dressing. It encapsulates the same spirit and joy Bailey showcased in his last show in February where he celebrated the LGBT+ community.
This gives us no indication of what Tisci has planned come September which makes the anticipation even more worth waiting for.