Despite the ongoing fashion weeks, February 2020 is not the most festive time for luxury fashion. The outbreak of COVID-19 in Asia has left every projects in the air, and the absence of many editors and influencers from China has made the Autumn/Winter 2020 runway season one of the least joyous fashion weeks in decades.
As the future is bleak, it seems Riccardo Tisci picks just the right time to reminisce, and showcase the new Burberry collection inspired by his memories. Well, there’s no harm in hanging onto the past when you dread looking into the future, right?
Inspirations aside, there are so much to enjoy in this new release from the Italian man in London. Here are the 5 best things we love from Burberry Autumn/Winter 2020 collection.
1 Diverse Backgrounds, Diverse Inspirations
Tisci is a Rome-born but his fashion study years took place in none other than London, making him an adoptive son of British fashion. Yet, he went to India following his graduation. These diverse backgrounds have exposed him to different cultures and those who are familiar with his work back at Givenchy remember how he masterfully embrace craftsmanship and aesthetics from different cultures all over the world. With this collection, he combines signature Burberry pieces – from trench coats, tailoring and duffle coats – with modern silhouettes, prints and fabrications inspired by his personal experiences in Italy, London and India.
2 It has the best outerwear for us all.
Always known to be one of the designers who excel at creating to-die-for outerwear and statement coats, Tisci’s forte shines brighter at a house that the outerwear built like Burberry. The signature trench is softened with off-the-shoulder silhouettes, exaggerated ties, curly shearling and faux fur. A car coat, blouson and blazer are spliced with voluminous capes. Long collarless coats in double wool-cashmere and leather and equestrian-inspired quilted jackets.
The men’s outerwear is all about textural contrasts and updated check prints. The car coat is combined with a field jacket while the duffle coat is panelled in plaid wool and felted cashmere. Classic trench coats come with attached hoodies, puffer jackets and double-lapel details.
3 The tailored pieces are on point.
Tisci’s tailored pieces have always been magical since his days at Givenchy and he has brought that sartorial sensibility to Burberry, with an added touch of volume which doesn’t feel chunky. Panelled tailoring, jodhpurs, fluted skirts and reconstructed shirt dresses come in collaged check for women and for men, we have English-fit jackets with reconstructed cuffs and lapels, styled with slim tailored trousers, silk-twill shirts and sweaters – all patch-worked in plaid.
4 The sporty vibe & the refined craftsmanship.
It’s not Tisci if it’s not sporty and yet the Italian designer is as much loved for his highly-detailed, meticulously hand-crafted dresses as his sports uniforms-inspired streetwear pieces. For the Autumn/Winter 2020 collection, he puts both at the forefront with rugby shirts reworked into several key looks for the boys while the ladies enjoy evening silhouettes in fluid chain mail, plaid and jersey – contoured with crystal fringing and ring-pierced cut outs.
5 The accessories that will be future classics!
Tisci introduces a few new must-haves this season, most notably of all is the Olympia bag collection, featuring a shoulder bag in three sizes and a crossbody bag in Monogram jacquard, star-appliquéd suede and smooth structured leather in rich saturated tones. You also have supersized Pocket Bag, Society holdall and duffle bag in plaid while a metal paillette clutch completes the evening look. For shoes, the Arthur sneaker is updated with a Cuban heel, a new hybrid style for men and women. Sculptural point-toe pumps, mules and boots come with wraparound tie details. Men’s Derby shoes are reworked with a square toe and Cuban heel in polished leather and check cotton.