Burberry opened London Fashion Week with a Spring-Summer 2021 collection named Bloomed, celebrating the strength of nature and British summertime. Ricardo Tisci said he was ‘thinking about regeneration, about dynamic youth, about nature constantly recreating itself, always growing and evolving, always alive.’
The show, filmed by a drone and livetsreamed via Twitch, took place in a forest clearing, in an art-meet-fashion performance thought by German artist Anne Imhof, with Eliza Douglas playing her guitar as performers were evolving in wave-like movements. The overall atmosphere was a bit mystic, like a cult to mother Nature, with performers and models wearing very simple, clean cut monochrome garments in white, bright orange or deep blue.
The collection has a very practical feel to it, with many elements borrowing to the sportswear and workwear registers, but the sequinned silver dresses definitely added some glamour, particularly as the models were escorted by bodyguard-looking models. In terms of patterns, water circles, mermaid-like scales and stripes dominated the collection. The over-the-knee boots in white, black or tan looked fabulous.
‘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.’