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All the best looks from Burberry Spring/Summer 2021

Emma

Sept. 18, 2020

The British super brand mounted a pioneering multi-platform digital show to open London Fashion Week earlier today. Here, our Style And Grooming Director picks his favourite looks
Burberry , the storied British brand that first made its name selling gabardine raincoats to military officers, opened London Fashion Week 2020 today with a fully digital multi-platform show featuring looks for men, women and all between.
So multi-faceted was the show, in fact, that I ended up watching it on Instagram on my phone, by way of the Amazon-owned video streaming platform Twitch on my laptop and on the burberry.com livestream on my desktop, just to ensure I didn't miss a thing.
I even tuned in to see what the show's celebrity “hosts” Erykah Badu, Steve Lacy , Rosalía and Bella Hadid had to say on Twitch's multi-screen Squad function, which created a kind of alternative front row – something that has been notably missing from the digital shows we've seen thus far.
I accessed the augmented reality portal – which took me inside a cube featuring the lighthouse motif that had been featured in the show's invitation – and enjoyed the energetic musical performance by Eliza Douglas, which was conceived of by German artist Anne Imhof and came accompanied by a movement performance that acted as a centrepiece to the show that, in turn, took place in the round – without an audience – in a woodland outside London.
And though there were undoubtedly many routes into this show – many ways for Burberry to ensure all its global fans (of which there are many; the company boasted revenue of £2.68 billion at the beginning of this year) could get a piece of the action – it was, importantly, the clothes that stood out.
Punctuated with stabs of white, black, electric cobalt and traffic cone orange, the collection featured a multitude of takes on the trench coat and seemed to have been designed with weathering a storm firmly in mind.
"It began with a thought of British summertime, embracing the elements with a trench coat on the beach mixing with the sand and the water. I envisioned the people of this space, like the lighthouse keeper, and a love affair between a mermaid and a shark, set against the ocean, then brought to land," said Burberry's enigmatic creative director Riccardo Tisci after the show.
“The circle is hugely symbolic – regrowth, renewal, the circle of life. The collection is called In Bloom because I was thinking about regeneration, about dynamic youth, about nature constantly re-creating itself, always growing and evolving, always alive. Water is a symbol of that also – of newness, freshness and cleansing," he continued. "And through water, life grows. Water is what allows nature to bloom. Everything is circular. The collection is focused and refined – one vision, one story. This is the essence of both Burberry’s identity and my own creativity. [It] reaffirms my codes of Burberry, our DNA.”
Here, to celebrate London Fashion Week and Burberry's new mastery of the digital show format, I've selected my favourite looks from the brand's SS21 collection, which will be available to buy early next year.
1. The peacoat
Slightly worn-in and perfect for the trans-seasonal period (aka now), this trench-cum-peacoat comes in the bright cobalt shade found throughout the show, a manifestation of the collection's water theme. Though you could team it with tonal shades, per the look below, we'd recommend wearing with slim caramel chinos, a pair of white tennis sneakers and heavy gauge midnight blue sweater. Autumn owned.
© Filippo Fior / Gorunway.com
2. The dungarees
Easily my favourite look from the entire collection, this patterned worker jacket would look excellent worn with tailored navy blue separates. And the dungarees? Excellent worn into autumn with white sneakers, a cheesecloth henley (à la Will Smith in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air , which turns 30 this month) and a bag load of swag.
© Filippo Fior / Gorunway.com
3. The face-print shirt
Face prints on everything are big news for the Spring/Summer 2021 and nowhere has the trend been more elegantly encapsulated than in yesterday’s Burberry show. Take your cue from Riccardo Tisci's interpretation and team with clever layers to pep up the look.
4. The sleeveless trench
Trench coats are Burberry's bread and butter and this painterly printed sleeveless take on the form is one of the freshest we've seen for seasons. Perfect worn with denim and, well, other clothes that have sleeves (unless you've got arms like the model below), it's classic British style, only better.
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