Introducing the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, captured in a campaign photographed by two distinctive creatives, Danko Steiner and Nick Knight.
The resulting imagery – rich in contrasts – portrays two visions, a nod to the collection’s contradictory high and low aesthetic and the two Burberry worlds: sophisticated and urban.
Tempest: a collection of unity, freedom and alternate perspectives. In Riccardo Tisci’s new runway collection for the house, he examines themes of expression and personal style – and how they coexist in one world.
Contemporary tailoring, embellishment and Italian silk shirts contrast with bold injections of youth, from sports-inspired trousers and shirt dresses to the new Arthur sneaker and playful bottle-cap details.
‘I have been thinking a lot about England as a country of contrasts, from the structured to the rebellious and free. I wanted to celebrate how these elements coexist. My first season for Burberry was about starting to develop my alphabet for the house, it was about identifying new letters and new codes. Now, I’m starting to put these letters together to begin writing my book here – to form the first chapter of a new era at Burberry.’
The first series of images captured by photographer Danko Steiner are elegant and refined. Starring Irina Shayk, Gigi Hadid and Fran Summers; sophisticated tailoring and sharp outerwear silhouettes, in a myriad of Burberry beige, are mirrored in the poised and calm reflection of the sea. Elegant feather-fringed evening wear, foulard silks and the TB bag standout against the tranquil backdrop.
‘It was Riccardo, who had the brilliant idea to shoot the collection by the sea. The result is that these classic silhouettes of his Burberry ladies and gentlemen end up being framed by – and sometimes even consumed by – water.’
Contradicting this mood is a youthful and rebellious aesthetic captured by iconic British photographer Nick Knight. Shot on multiple screens and devices – from mobile phones to CCTV and drones – the images are set against a soundtrack by M.I.A. 90s youth culture takes centre stage, from bold colour clashes to sportswear influences.
‘It reflects the many different viewpoints that are available to everybody through social media. It seems our whole lives are screen-based now with images available on every surface around us, from our phones and laptops to digital billboards, as well as the multitude of surveillance cameras that now follow our every move.’