‘For my first Burberry menswear-focused collection, I wanted to celebrate the freedom of expression. Enclosed indoors, I dreamt of the outdoors and its beauty, fuelled by the thought of the creativity that comes when we are together. With this dream in mind, I became fascinated by the widespread British craft and outdoor movements of the early 20th Century, when people escaped to explore the unknown countryside. They formed communities with a deep respect for nature and the outdoors and looked forward to a future full of possibility. I was not only drawn to the artistry of their craft, colours and shapes, but also to their strong sense of camaraderie and friendship. This collection is an homage to the relationship between humanity and nature, where we can break free and come together to discover new forms of expression. It’s for those who are defining their own path, whose strength and energy have inspired this Burberry collection.’
Riccardo Tisci, Burberry Chief Creative Officer
The Burberry Autumn/Winter 2021 menswear collection gently challenges and subtly reinvents traditions, inviting freedom of expression. The collection itself is dynamic and young, vibrant and alive. Outerwear is key. Clothes are engineered to reflect motion and activity – with pleats, panels and fringes – as if moving in the wind. Layered pieces morph unexpectedly on the body. Tailoring has a sense of twisted classicism, whilst Burberry’s quintessential house codes – the trench coat and Burberry beige – are evolved.
Bringing a fresh perspective to the classics, the trench coat is combined with the Harrington jacket. Cotton gabardine and wool-twill car coats are fringed and cinched with scarf belts. Duffle coats are updated in striped wool with reconstructed pockets, and cropped silhouettes with bullion fringing and bold printwork. Knitwear and outerwear meld in modern juxtapositions: the V-neck of a sweater on a trench coat, and a double-breasted panelled jumper. Reconstructed varsity jackets feature in plongé leather and cotton cashmere with ‘B’ insignia.
Bullion fringing adds a sense of ceremony to tunic shirts, silk crepe de chine vests and tailored trousers. Shirt dresses and pleated skirts are crafted for movement. The Burberry animal kingdom, a house code, is revisited. Animalistic prints and shapes, photographic mink and fox-fur shirts and pleated skirts, tactile faux-fur fabrications on hooded duffle coats and gilets.
Tailoring is re-energised with a twisted classicism. A slim-fit tailored jacket with exaggerated lapels, worn with split tailored shorts over metallic mesh cycling shorts. Panel details transform an English-fit suit in wool ramie, and classic fit trousers and tailored shorts in grain de poudre wool.
Introducing a reimagined messenger bag. The supersized silhouette features a reconstructed strap – a union of sartorial and hiking influences. Fabrications include faux fur, leather and the Thomas Burberry Monogram print. New iterations of the Pocket Bag family debut – a leather bum bag and backpack for wanderers, detailed with blanket straps.
Supple leather ankle and over-the-knee sock boots and sneakers on moulded soles, sculpted to resemble deer hooves. Details include crystals and metallic paillettes.
Deer motifs inspire the silhouettes of knitted beanies. A leather framed cashmere-Merino wool blanket, striped cashmere scarf, and walking umbrellas. Leather-clad carabiner charms, and lambskin bear-motif charms embossed with a logo graphic.
KEY PRINTS AND PATTERNS
An homage to the natural world. Photographic animal-fur prints, and abstract and elemental artworks in vivid colours.
Burberry beige, bark brown, oxblood burgundy, city greys, pale blue and pink.
HAIR & MAKE-UP
Hair – Jawara
Make-up – Isamaya Ffrench, Burberry Global Beauty Director