Some designers believe in superstitions — we’re looking at you Maria Grazia Chiuri and your tarot-card wielding designs. Others are crazy over Renaissance art, like Alessandro Michele of Gucci. The latest to toy with the chic arts? Burberry.
For its latest Burberry Beasts collection of accessories and ready-to-wear, the brand turned to illustrations of mythical animals that were found in medieval manuscripts. These end up as inspirations for a series of handpainted prints or embroidered appliques, on clothing like jersey sweater and capes, key chains, bucket bags and totes, and other small leather goods. Fauna such as the owl, the fish, hare and ram are just some of the creatures that make an appearance in this outing.
The other English connection comes from the fact that the handiwork used for the collection is purely Brit. Note how the velvet used comes from an 84-year-old manufacturer in East Lancashire and how the scarves are made in Scotland. On one end, the Burberry Beasts collection fits the current mood in fashion for super fun accessories that are as cute as Pokemons. But on the other hand, it also shows how the brand is building up more excitement with its image right after its recent collaboration with Gosha Rubchinsky. Prices upon request.