This collection is also the first in the series of ‘Friends and Family’
January 12, 2022: Celebrating style and identity, togetherness and freedom, nature and the outdoors, Burberry’s Fall 2022 Pre-Collection travels the themes set recently by their Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci, while giving it a new direction. Launching the ‘Friends and family’ series, the designer will be offering pre-collections in collaboration with inspiring creatives.
“I wanted to explore a different experience bringing my collections to life, so I have decided to open up my precollection to a new creative voice each season. Someone special to me who inspires me and whose unique creativity surrounds me in my personal life,” said Mr. Tisci.
For this collection, the designer partnered with Lea T – a long-time friend and a part of the Burberry family. She has featured as a model in Burberry campaigns and walked the Spring/Summer 2021 runway show. Said to be Mr. Tisci’s muse, the ‘T’ in Ms. Lea’s name stands for ‘Tisci’. Mr. Tisci explains: “Lea is my family, my love, not only someone so connected to animals and nature but also someone who is able to balance fierce femininity and an effortlessly gentle romantic softness.”
Delving into the outdoors, signature outerwear is refreshed in new oversized silhouettes with reconstructed details – inspired by a youthful and fresh interpretation of classic utility and exploration styles.
In womenswear, the trench reconstructed as a bib, in a patchwork of beige and neutral shades, or in dark truffle brown lambskin. New interpretations of the car coat have been introduced in soft fawn or deep fern green tropical gabardine with cape details. A wool tailored overcoat is worn with a botanical sketch-print T-shirt and wide-leg trousers is highlighted with over-the-knee splits. Tactile faux-fur outerwear in a camel mohair-blend or a coat with layered leather lapels adds panache.
Technical jackets are imbued with high-fashion functionality, from nylon and rib-knit hybrids to a trench-inspired short parka with a zipped panel. Geometric stitching adorns down-filled styles and diamond-quilted barn jackets.
Menswear sees a daring approach to classic outerwear. A camel tailored overcoat is appliquéd with a botanical sketch print, worn with a wool and cashmere hooded jacket and wide-leg trousers. A panelled car coat fuses signature cotton gabardine with camel hair and wool. A bomber jacket with accents of black leather has a cut-out Thomas Burberry Monogram, while a distressed leather peacoat has exaggerated lapels.
Exploration styles feature a dark olive poncho worn over a reconstructed car coat with a drawstring waist. Colour-block padded styles nod to the outdoors, from a geometric print overshirt to a dark truffle brown parka with a detachable hood. New-season map prints adorn a cotton sweater, organza T-shirt, and a Monogrammed silk shirt – all underpinned with corduroy cargo trousers.
A hybrid-style cashmere and wool cardigan with removable nylon twill panel is rebelliously layered over an English-fit tuxedo or a tailored overcoat in wool. Knitwear elevation continues in a cableknit sweater with crystal embellishments and a dark truffle brown wool sweater with cut-out details.
The collection introduces the Elizabeth bag, a classic crossbody style in black, warm tan, and midnight navy leather, detailed with a logo graphic embossed front closure. New interpretations of the Rhombi bag are crafted in black quilted-check lambskin or a caged design in dark birch brown leather and a cotton blend. The Lola family is refreshed in new season fabrics – the classic shape in map-print silk with a tortoiseshell-effect chain strap and the bucket iteration in warm tan or the new needle-punch canvas.
The British Isles map print and Monogram motif on a round Louise bag, a rabbit-shaped dark brown faux-fur bag, a canvas and leather holdall in dark birch brown exploded check, and a black quilted Monogram lambskin tote feature in the collection as well.
“Burberry is like a big window, a place where you can be free to build and a space to create wonderful things. Looking at the history of the brand, I see interesting things that can be linked to an urban life, but also the desire of those who escape to the wonderful woods of England. It’s the respect for this nature and one’s own nature that I wanted to explore, even if it goes outside the canons created by this society in which we live,” Ms. Lea said, explaining her inspiration.