Luxury house BURBERRY presented their Spring Summer 2023 Pre-Collection, that explores the brand’s code of duality, a juxtaposition of regality and refined utility, and it brings a modern twist on classic British femininity and functionality. The collection includes colourful workwear – inspired jackets and chain motifs on flowing silk shirts, English-fit suits and sporty co-ordinated styles. Outerwear features stripes, pleated details and the Equestrian Knight Design, and its paired with leather ties, biker trousers and padded jackets. This is the second collection in the brand’s creative series Friends and Family, in which designer Riccardo Tisci partners with inspiring creatives from unexpected backgrounds, this time Riccardo partnered with New York-based contemporary artist Jared Buckhiester. Models Mariacarla Boscono, Suza Przulj, David Van Ess, Jack Nowell, and Tommy Clasper star in the lookbook captured and styled by Jared Buckhiester. Beauty is work of hair stylist Soichi Inagaki, and makeup artist Anne Sophie Costa.
The Friends and Family series is so important to me because it is a celebration of togetherness, creativity and collaboration. It is an opportunity for someone special to me, and who inspires me endlessly, to bring their own unique style and perspective to the world of Burberry.
For the second edition of the series, I’m so happy to announce Jared Buckhiester as the Spring/Summer 2023 Pre-Collection Friends and Family collaborator.
Jared and I have been close friends for a long time and I have always admired him, both for his dedication to his work and the passion that comes with that, as well as his commitment to living fiercely by his identity and being true to himself. I am 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, Burberry Chief Creative Officer
The word I would use to describe my experience is simply fun. Having such a strong team interested in and responding to the ideas I’m being asked to contribute feels great and leaves a lot of room for creativity. From the get-go, it’s been an ideal collaboration and I’ve been fully embraced as a contributor. Riccardo and I have a crossover in our love of workwear aesthetics. So much of my work as an artist draws upon the masculine archetype that inhabits these clothes. Immediately, I was interested in playing within this space, and it’s been a fruitful place to create from. – Jared Buckhiester, artist
“Utilitarian uniforms reimagined. A hooded duffle coat in birch brown check wool, rebelliously worn with a black leather shirt, tie and biker trousers. Orange stripes accent a bright red wool and leather-trimmed jacket and dusty orange cotton-canvas coat, styled with blue denim panelled jeans and a strapless playsuit. The iconic car coat in technical fabrications with feminine pleats at the back and bespoke cotton gabardine jacquard-woven with the Equestrian Knight Design, layered under a black leather padded jacket and bomber jacket in light air force green nylon. A trench reconstructed in leather, as a halterneck bodysuit and skirt. An ode to the countryside – a diamond-quilted waxed cotton jacket and matching skirt cut to a fitted silhouette and worn under a shearling oversized coat.
Modern takes on classic British femininity. A flowing cashmere wraparound cape in new Pixel Check, trimmed with leather. A parchment grey wool cardigan with floral embroidery and appliquéd crystals worn with a chain- print silk tie-neck shirt and dark grey mélange wool shorts with pleated skirt panels. A black wool-cashmere cardigan intarsia-knitted with farmyard animals. Sportswear reinterpreted in a bright blue bomber jacket and floor-length skirt in a heavyweight technical knit with chain-print sides.” – from Burberry
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