Images: Burberry Takes it Outdoors for Pre-Fall 2021 Collection
If you live in a big city like New York or London, there was a time early into the pandemic, where it seemed like just stepping outside was an act of taking your life into your hands. Nearly a year later, it sometimes can feel like that all over again.
Of course, said cities are where new fashion trends tend to take root. But for Pre-Fall 2021, we’ve been seeing stylistic tributes to the more sylvan settings that have been recently drawing people away from urban life, as everyone considers how the coronavirus crisis has and will continue to reconfigure our entire existence going forward. So it’s no surprise that Ricardo Tisci’s new collection for Burberry is aesthetically inspired by the signifiers of the great outdoors.
Obviously, Burberry has a tradition of nodding to English country life. But for Pre-Fall 2021, it seems more deliberate. Creative Director Tisci (who is actually Italian) sought to draw on the palette of nature, in order to imbue the clothes with a genuine sense of connection to the natural world – especially significant at a time when our relationship with indoor environments is so precarious.
“I have been inspired by the rich heritage of traditional British dress codes,” he explains, “and given them a fresh perspective.”
And so the collection boasts coats and sweaters in earthy beiges and greens, plus bold orange and green leathers – but also audacious takes on the classic camo jacket, perfectly paired with subdued but elegant military khaki. Notably, there are also prints that come off like wild explosions of fall foliage, as perhaps interpreted by Jackson Pollock.
“This is my uniform for the outdoors,” Tisci enthuses. “This collection is about mirroring the natural environment, within its dynamic prints, colors, and textures.”