With a little help from Ye and the London Contemporary Orchestra, Burberry Delivered Joy (and Sparkly Flip Flops)

The collection was characterized by moments of pure joy, much in demand here in the UK lately. This season, Tisci wanted to keep things lighter. “We explored a new sensuality,” writes his show. “I was inspired by the liberation and openness of youth, by people embracing their bodies and revealing them. It feels right and it feels Burberry.” Tisci looked to the great British coast to inject personality and color into a collection that in previous seasons might have been dominated by black. Models, on the other hand, were beach-loving cosplayers. “This collection is inspired by the beach as a place where humanity meets, a point where different worlds collide,” Tisci wrote. “In summer, in Britain, the beach is a place of democracy, of community. It’s where people from all cultures can come together for simple pleasures.”

Luka Sabbat with extra sleeves.

Three bleach blonde models stepped out in silver buttoned double-breasted suits cut from heavy teal, sunflower yellow and cobalt blue fabrics with matching flip-flops on their feet. These shoes rather surprisingly appeared throughout the Burberry collection. Like Ye’s own, some were awash in crystals and worn with structured double-breasted suits, while others were inspired by poolside dinghies, complete with inflatables. In keeping with Tisci’s personal vision of the British coast, there were sun visors and caps, while the valves on inflatable life jackets were cast in metal as rings, like shark’s teeth, giving the collection some bite. Similarly, Tisci recast goggles as jewelry, set with crystal embellishment and strung necklace-like on models.

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