"Throughout my life, my mother has been this incredible force of nature. As a single parent, she raised me and my eight sisters with unfaltering purpose and pride. So, naturally, I have always been drawn to strong women and, in turn, they have also given me the confidence to express my own femininity. They are not afraid to challenge expectations and I have always been in such awe of their determination. They are warriors," he wrote, in a press release, adding that the presentation was "a love letter to women and a celebration of their incomparable strength."
Against a minimal beige backdrop, models stomped in their heeled sock boots through Burberry's flagship Regent Street store in London with the confidence and conviction Tisci was envisioning. The designer seemed to channel a similarly bold energy, "challenging expectations" by freely reworking the British classics for which Burberry has long been known, creating a crafty sensibility. (The collection also pays homage to Mother Nature and British craft and outdoor movements, according to the brand.)
Everything from dresses to pants to outerwear feature pieces of fabric that flap around as the models walked; some look as though they'd been added on, others as if part of the garment had been deliberately deconstructed, meant to reference flags. Cape silhouettes also abound, sometimes revealing one or both shoulders. Fur — all faux — is big as well, in coats that had dangling exaggerated pelts and massive bags that almost look carcass-like.
"There’s an underlying attitude to the collection that's very British; of being unique, eccentric and totally authentic in how you express yourself," Tisci wrote.
For that Burberry shopper that's looking for some extra eccentricity with their trench coat, this collection certainly has it. See every look from Burberry Fall 2021 in the gallery below.