‘Throughout my life, my mother has been this incredible force of nature. As a single parent, she raised me and my eight sisters with unfaltering purpose and pride. So, naturally, I have always been drawn to strong women and, in turn, they have also given me the confidence to express my own femininity. They are not afraid to challenge expectations and I have always been in such awe of their determination. They are warriors.
I wanted this collection to feel truly emblematic of the power of feminine energy: a modern armour that captures its characteristic fierce aura. There’s an underlying attitude to the collection that’s very British; of being unique, eccentric and totally authentic in how you express yourself. This presentation is a love letter to women and a celebration of their incomparable strength.’
Riccardo Tisci, Burberry Chief Creative Officer
A symbolic sun rises, bringing a new dawn of opportunity. Mother Nature is iconised, and her strength celebrated as the provider of this new beginning. Riccardo Tisci’s first Autumn/Winter 2021 womenswear presentation for Burberry sets out a bold interpretation of modern femininity; shedding archetypes and readdressing preconceptions. At its core, the collection carries a sense of unflinching pride and conviction. With a sense of fluidity, looks reinvent tradition, twist classicism and encourage freedom of expression.
Set within the home of the brand, at Burberry’s flagship Regent Street store in London, an awe-inspiring incarnation of visionary British artist Shygirl introduces the presentation with an original spoken-word piece. The collection itself reflects Burberry’s distinctive character and attitude, reinvigorating hallmarks with a fresh perspective for the modern woman of today. This energy is encapsulated in a dynamic electronic soundtrack, rallying the models as they move confidently through the space.
Continuing to be inspired by the themes laid out at the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2021 menswear presentation, the collection pays homage to the indomitable force of Mother Nature and the widespread British craft and outdoor movements of the early 20th Century. With fluttering capes and references to flags, the collection nods to these groups who daringly ventured into nature, breaking with convention in their journey towards building a better future. This sense of optimism is palpable throughout the collection with showers of unexpected brightness – the rainbow shining through the rain.
Burberry has always empowered people to push boundaries and continues to challenge tradition today. For Autumn/Winter 2021, the fashion house embarks on the next stage of its exploration of modern femininity and masculinity with Riccardo Tisci re-writing the narrative, underscoring his collections with a sense of boldness and opportunity.