London Fashion Week is fully in the swing and just last night Burberry presented its new Spring/Summer 2020 collection in West London. One year after taking the reins at Burberry as creative director, Riccardo Tisci stated that he had felt ready to start exploring what is at the heart of Burberry.
Discovering this beautiful legacy in the archives, Tisci continues to chart a new path forward for the storied brand. The collection, called Evolution, is a celebration of new house codes and is influenced by the time Burberry was founded by Thomas Burberry – the Victorian era. It was also the British fashion house’s first-ever carbon-neutral show. On Instagram, the brand shared, “We have offset our impacts, such as the flights of guests traveling to London specifically for the show and the build and production of the event, through VSC-certified REDD+ projects which prevent deforestation and conserve tropical rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon.”
The show was held in the newly opened Troubadour Theatre which was transformed to feature a giant mirrored central cube. It rose as the show started to reveal an installation of over 20 enormous white Victorian-inspired sound system installation with rust flooring and ceiling. The star-studded front row included style icons, British talent, and other guests from the worlds of fashion, film, sport, and music like Dua Lipa, Anwar Hadid, Naomi Campbell, Lily James and Isabeli Fontana.
What came down the runway was a palette of mixed hues of white, grey, silver and neutral earth tones in shapes of reconstructed trench coats, a fringed hem, and step-through skirts. Corset detailing in true Queen Victoria ethos and ruffled lace dresses with exaggerated puff sleeves also shone through the collection. The runway show wrapped up with incredible crystal mesh evening dresses and hand-tiered ostrich feathers.
The show itself featured established models as well as newer faces. Somali-American hijabi model Ugbad Abdi, dressed in a shimmering head-to-toe tonal shade suit was hard to miss. The 18- year-old rising model has already captured the attention of major brands and is poised to becoming a breakout star to watch.