Riccardo Tisci Unveils His Debut Collection For Burberry And We're Loving It

The ex-Givenchy creative director’s Resort 2019 collection for Burberry is a nod to the British fashion brand’s 162-year-old history.

Although Riccardo Tisci won’t unveil his first collection for Burberry until September 17 during London Fashion Week, he’s offered a glimpse of what’s to come, curating a series of looks from the trench-coat-maker's spring 2019 pre-collection. The 16 “B Classic” looks are inspired by well-known patterns and silhouettes from the archive and have been designed by Burberry’s in-house team. The images, shot in London, feature eight couples and were previewed on the brand’s Instagram handle yesterday.

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Tisci said: “I wanted to celebrate the beauty, heritage and legacy that I discovered when I first arrived at Burberry. ‘B Classic’ is an edit that I’ve curated to honour the icons of the House—pieces like the trench coat, the quilted jacket, the car coat, the kilt—that sit at the heart of the SS’19 pre-collection designed by the fantastic Burberry design team.” So what can the his-and-hers trenches, car coats, Harrington jackets, capes, kilts, and dark-rinse denim tell us about Tisci’s aesthetic vision? While the models are fairly androgynous and the styling emphasizes the gender fluidity of the Burberry codes, it’s somewhat surprising to only see images of apparently straight couples. Tisci is a proud champion of trans-models and his predecessor Christopher Bailey’s sign-off show in February was a colourful celebration of LGBTQ+ rights. The social media crowd might be expecting more of that.

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Giving a nod to a supersized version of the house's signature check, Tisci has showcased a killer kilt-jeans combo with alligator pumps, and that has been his signature look since his days at Givenchy. The designer’s big reveal—and you just know it’s going to be big (the Givenchy shows were events!)—is four months away. We can’t wait.

All images: courtesy.


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