Eight Things to Know About Riccardo Tisci’s Burberry Debut

by Whitney Osofs

Riccardo Tisci’s debut at Burberry has been hotly anticipated, to say the least. The past few weeks have been rife with teases and announcements on Instagram, not to mention the brand’s London flagship store recently got a facelift. But now the Spring/Summer 2019 collection is here, and there is certainly a lot to unpack. The Italian designer merged streetwear with the tailored looks one would expect from the British heritage label. Here are the eight biggest takeaways from the show:

1. The Models
Longtime Tisci muse and collaborator Mariacarla Boscono was bound to appear on the runway, but who would have guessed she would debut red hair? The model, who’s coif is usually jet black, has experimented in the past with platinum blond, but this look is certainly a departure. Equally a surprise on the runway was Kendall Jenner, who took a season off from walking the shows in New York. Other notable models on the catwalk included Stella Tenant, Natalia Vodianova, Freja Beha Erichsen, Irina Shayk, Jourdan Dunn, and Lily Donaldson, just to name a few.

2. The “Why Did They Kill Bambi” T-Shirt
A possible reference to his days at Givenchy, where Tisci kicked off the Disney craze by putting Bambi on a sweatshirt? We can’t say, but it’s definitely not a reference to the film — spoiler alert, but Bambi didn’t die, his mother did. That spotted baby deer pattern was cute, though.


3. It Was All About the Prints
Speaking of animal prints, the collection featured a menagerie of patterned pieces. In addition to the aforementioned deer, there were cow prints, tiger, and leopard. Being Burberry, there was a nod to the traditional tartan pattern, as well as some pieces covered in Tisci’s new logo for the brand. Oh, and some polka dots too. Because why not?

4. Beyonce Teased Some of the Appliqués
Somehow, in addition to designing the collection and prepping a direct-to-sale drop, Tisci found time this summer to craft some costumes for Beyoncé’s tour. While concert-goers have been able to marvel over her looks, there was one custom piece we didn’t get to see — until today. As revealed on Instagram, Tisci made Bey a satin robe dress, dotted with the same pearl and feather appliqués that made their way down the runway. Delicate luxury makes a big impact.

5. Tisci Looked at the Heritage of the House
It was clear from Instagram posts over the past few weeks that Tisci had been delving deep into Burberry’s history, mining its archives for inspiration. In addition to pleated skirts and blazer combinations for women, he intensely studied the menswear tailoring, giving the entire collection a throw-back, mid-century vibe. Expect to see more of this new direction — Tisci has already started the hashtag #BURBERRYHERITAGE on social media.

6. The Skirt That Will be on Every Street Style Star
The cow-print mini-skirt with leg bands was by far a standout item. Wearable, but also memorable enough that influencers and street style stars will surely snag it by next show season — assuming some haven’t managed to get their hands on it already.

7. Underwear as Outerwear is Back
Slips as shirts, and a corset-inspired piece with padded hips proves lingerie is too gorgeous to stay hidden underneath clothes.

8. It’s All Available Now
As previously reported, select pieces (known as the B Series) from the collection are available to shop on Instagram for the next 24 hours. Get them before they’re gone!


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