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As an ode to the unstoppable force that is femininity, Burberry introduced its Fall/Winter 2021 womenswear collection entitled “FEMININITY” yesterday. Through a virtual runway show at the house’s Regent Street flagship in London, the presentation began with a closeup of the musician Shygirl, who performed a spoken word piece. The video then shifted its view to a monochrome space filled with a cast of models that took the spotlight, strutting to a powerful soundtrack in the powerful collection.
For the collection, Riccardo Tisci was inspired by his mother, and looked to her to harness the power of feminine energy for collection—a fashionable type of modern-day armor. Combining notions of twisted classicism, freedom of expression, and refreshed traditions, we saw silhouettes with nods to militant styles, archetypal British tailoring, and references to international flags. All, however, were imagined in a palette that brought a certain sense of optimism.
Shoulders were boxy, dress cuts draped without becoming shapeless, and classic styles were updated with the addition of fringe, belts, and overlays. Examples include highlights like a coat in a hue of slate with a long cape-like extension in the back, and a dress in blocked colors like gold, blue, and maroon. The collection also incorporated elements of animalia—a theme often explored by the house—like animal prints, faux furs and shearlings, and details like fluffy hoods with rabbit ears.
Standout looks included a multicolored dress taking cues from a flag, worn over a blue collared blouse and thigh-high leather boots; a black, white, and gold look with a fuzzy, long-sleeved stole; and a layered ensemble in black and tan, composed of a duster coat, a shearling button-up, wide-legged shorts, and nude heels. The season’s accessories were also not-to-be-missed, including a series of eyewear fashioned after wrap-around protective gear; hats reminiscent of helmets from centuries past; and the selection of handbags—like the new tote-style Flag bag and a supersized messenger bag.