Burberry and Vivienne Westwood collab collection.
Burberry and Vivienne Westwood are collaborating on a limited-edition collection; you can’t get any more quintessentially British than that!
Italian designer Riccardo Tisci, who became Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer this March after 12 years as creative director at Givenchy, announced on Instagram the collaboration; what a celebration of English heritage!
The beloved British brand Burberry, best known for the iconic trench coats and its signature check pattern, is so much part of British culture that it has earned the Royal Warrants from Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales, both by the way, wear the classic trench coat.
Vivienne Westwood on the other hand, is the “Mother of Punk” and despite being an anarchic rebel, she received from Queen Elizabeth herself, the award OBE and later, the DBE, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for her life-long contribution to fashion.
By choosing Vivienne Westwood, the original punk queen, to make this first collaboration, Tisci sends the clear message that his Burberry will continue very British indeed. He said that “Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself and 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.”
Vivienne Westwood is a well-known activist who is very involved in environmental and humanitarian causes, she supports charities such as Greenpeace and PETA and is always talking about waste in fashion; her motto, which we like very much, is: “Buy less, choose well, make it last.” So it’s only natural that her collab with Burberry should raise funds for a good cause, the Rainforest charity Cool Earth.
The limited-edition collection will feature reimagined iconic Westwood designs from her archives. Westwood’s husband, design partner and creative director of his wife’s brand, the Austrian designer Andreas Kronthaler, will work alongside Westwood and Tisci to create the collection that will be released in December, shortly after Tisci debuts his first Burberry collection during the LFW in September. Needless to say that we are eagerly awaiting both!
Photos via Burberry