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Today on Twitch, Burberry presented its Spring/Summer 2021 collection entitled “In Bloom,” marking the first fashion partnership with the streaming platform. Simultaneously shown on Instagram and Burberry.com, as well, the collection was introduced by special hosts Erykah Badu, Rosalía, Steve Lacy, and Bella Hadid, setting the stage for the unique nature that followed.
“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,” said Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer, Riccardo Tisci.
To celebrate the house’s hallmarks, Tisci reached out to acclaimed artist and seasonal collaborator Anne Imhof to create a special show experience—an intermingling of aesthetics, tensions, and nature. As part of Anne Imhof’s environment, her long-term collaborator and fellow artist and musician Eliza Douglas performed, providing a live soundtrack to continue exploring the boundaries between art, fashion, and experience.
“The collection is called ‘In Bloom’ because I was thinking about regeneration, about dynamic youth, about nature constantly recreating itself, always growing and evolving, always alive. Water is a symbol of that also—of newness, freshness and cleansing. And through water, life grows—water is what allows nature to bloom. Everything is circular. The collection is focused and refined – one vision, one story. This is the essence of both Burberry’s identity and my own creativity. Reaffirming the codes of Burberry—my codes of Burberry, our DNA,” said Tisci.
The romantic relationship with the sea sparked multifaceted clothing, presenting an array of new looks that floated through both rural and urban environments. Both men’s and women’s looks took on balance in the best of ways—juggling the mystical and the natural, the masculine and the feminine. The story of the sea inspired the color palette—a wash of hues like sandy beige, cobalt blue, and mariner orange.
Boiler suits, denim trousers, and English-fit jackets are reimagined with unique details like leather straps and tuxedo stripes; rubberized finishes, hard denim, and oceanic accents were implemented; fisherman-inspired trousers were seen in washed denim; a stretch-satin corset dress is overlaid in tulle layers; crystal mesh appears under t-shirts; parka coats are reimagined with protective rubber, canvas, and leather; and the classic trench is seen transformed with rubberized cotton, leather, and denim jacket detailing.
For accessories, bags, hats, and shoes explore old cues on new horizons. The classic Pocket bag is reintroduced in an oversized hobo style, and Portholes inspired by the bag are seen anew on garments; and the Olympia, which debuted at the Fall/Winter 2020 shoe, returns in canvas and leather, and with a double-pouch style, too. Hats are seen with a zip-pocket visor, some shoes have cut-out top handles inspired by the Pocket bag, and new peep-toe mules are sculpted in leather and crystal mesh.