Riccardo Tisci x Vivienne Westwood Collaboration for Burberry

LIVING INSPIRATION: Riccardo Tisci has offered up yet another clue to his design aesthetic for Burberry, with the revelation on Friday of a December capsule collection he’s planning with Vivienne Westwood for Burberry. This is the second time in three months that Burberry’s chief creative officer has dropped a hint on Instagram about his intentions for the brand.

“Vivienne was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself,” Tisci wrote on Instagram. “I am SO honored to announce a new Burberry collaboration with the original British Punk.”

Burberry confirmed that the capsule will feature re-imagined iconic pieces from the brand’s vast archive, and Westwood is undoubtedly planning to put her subversive spin on the British heritage label.

The collection will launch in December, with proceeds going towards Cool Earth, a non-profit organization whose mission is to halt rainforest deforestation.

“When I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something. She is a rebel, a punk and unrivalled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. I am so incredibly proud of what we will be creating together,” Tisci said.

Westwood could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Tisci succeeded Christopher Baily as chief creative officer of Burberry in March. He previously held the role of creative director of Givenchy from 2005 to 2017.

In May, he gave a sneak peek on Instagram of his creative direction for the British heritage house with a curation of campaign images showing couples embracing and dressed in Burberry star pieces such as the trench coat, the quilted jacket, the car coat and the kilt.

“I wanted to celebrate the beauty, heritage and legacy that I discovered when I first arrived at Burberry. ‘B Classic’ is an edit that I’ve curated to honor the icons of the house, which sits at the heart of the SS19 pre collection,” Tisci posted at the time.

The B Classic campaign also features a preview of the brand’s new accessories range, including the new Belt Bag, which made its debut in the three-part photo series called Juergen x Adwoa for Burberry. The bag retails at 1,390 pounds for a small size, up to 1,790 pounds for a large one.

Chief executive officer Marco Gobetti is committed to expanding Burberry’s accessories line and said earlier this year the Belt Bag “could be a pillar of the business.”

Anticipation has been building around Tisci’s debut collection at London Fashion Week in September. His appointment points to Gobetti’s new vision for the brand, and the goal of mixing street wear and heritage styles to tap into the younger market.

The reveal of the Westwood collaboration comes ahead of a first-quarter trading update on Wednesday and Burberry’s AGM on Thursday in London.

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