Riccardo Tisci Unveils His First Collection as Chief Creative Officer of Burberry

September 18, 2018
With the appropriate title, “Kingdom”, Tisci sent a total of 134 looks down the runway. Flaunted on celebrity models like Kendall Jenner, and icons like Natalia Vodianova. In the audience, however, there was no celebrity spotting.

The collection was a tribute to everything British shown in three acts. Starting with the trench - Refined, moving on to men’s – Relaxed, and ending in eveningwear - Evening. Although the collection touched on everything British from establishment to punk, NY Times’ Vanessa Friedman argues that  the references were sometimes difficult to grasp, or just did not transfer all that well, resulting in a strong longing for a tempest.

Tisci’s goal was to create a Burberry for everyone “the mother and the daughter, the father and the son,” he said after delivering his much-anticipated debut collection. This inclusive sense of balance Tisci wishes to restore to the British brand. Both Vogue and Business of Fashion recognize his ode to the British bourgeoisie in the classic tailoring, trench coats and smart suiting, but Tisci himself was more recognizable in the clothes for the daughters and the sons. Among the utility skirts, sliced-short leather skirt suits, rain ponchos and anoraks, we find Tisci. He was hired to not play safe, and bring Burberry’s appeal to the street. Only time will tell.