The minds of creative director Riccardo Tisci and New York artist Jared Buckhiester are in sync to reinvent utilitarianism and British femininity.

The minds of creative director Riccardo Tisci and New York artist Jared Buckhiester are in sync to reinvent utilitarianism and British femininity.

Emphasizing the duality of royalty and refined utility, the second installment of Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2023 pre-collection is a modern take on classic British femininity and functionality. This collection features a secondary progression within the ‘Friend and Family’ creative series, which aims to amplify the voices of diverse inspiring creatives from unforeseen backgrounds. For this edition, the minds of Burberry’s iconic Chief Creative Officer, Riccardo Tisci, and contemporary New York artist, Jared Buckhiester, have come together in flawless harmony. Cementing his independent creative identity, Jared conjured up a translation of the themes while styling the collection and photographing the look-book.

“Jared and I have been close friends for a long time and have always admired him, both for his dedication to his work and the passion that comes with it, as well as his commitment to fiercely living his identity and being true to himself. . I’m so excited to be able to share the result of our creative worlds coming together with the release of this unique and very special collection” – Riccardo Tisci

Through the delicate reframing of the juxtapositions shown through the colorful workwear-inspired jackets and chain patterns on flowing silk shirts, the codes of the house are paid homage. Iconic Burberry outerwear, such as duffle coats and car coats, are enlivened with stripes and pleated details, and the Equestrian Knight design is paired with tactile pieces such as leather ties, track pants biker and padded jackets.

Workwear functionality is playfully recontextualized through the car coat in dark birch brown cotton canvas, worn under an oversized shearling coat, and a utility style coat in black cotton gabardine, with exaggerated pockets and stripes applied. Orange military jacket in cotton canvas, with corduroy collar and contrasting topstitching. The Equestrian Knight Design knitted in intarsia on a cashmere twinset and 3D printed on a fitted jacket. A leather apron under a padded logo quilted jacket.

Utility uniforms reinvented. A brown birch check wool hooded duffle coat worn rebelliously with a black leather shirt, tie and biker pants. Orange stripes accent a bright red wool and leather trimmed jacket and a dusty orange cotton canvas coat, worn with blue denim paneled jeans and a strapless playsuit. The iconic car coat in engineered construction with feminine rear pleats and a custom woven cotton gabardine jacquard with the Equestrian Knight pattern, layered under a black leather quilted jacket and light green nylon bomber jacket. ‘Air Force

Modern takes on classic British femininity are exemplified by the flowing cashmere wrap cape in the new leather-trimmed Pixel Check. A black wool and cashmere cardigan knitted in intarsia with barnyard animals. In the tailoring, bold silhouettes are fused with traditional and subversive elements. Black wool suit jackets structurally fitted at the waist or presented in boxy proportions embellished with colored stripe appliqués – juxtaposed with equestrian-inspired leather chaps and floor-length skirts.

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