Is it just us or are fashion designers in a nostalgia-soaked mode lately?
Last year Raf Simons reissued 100 of his archive pieces to mark the 25th year of his eponymous label. If you’ve caught the Guccifest event in November, you would have found some designs familiar. Indeed the floral print dresses and pussy-bow blouses came straight from Alessandro Michele early designs at the helm of Gucci.
Now it is the turn of Riccardo Tisci who is looking back for inspiration. Earlier this week, Burberry’s chief creative officer debuted a limited-edition capsule line of ready-to-wear and accessories called Burberry Future Archive that takes inspiration from the brand’s archives and long heritage in designing outerwear.
For the Burberry Future Archive, craftsmanship played a pivotal role. Bucket hats in nylon and twill employed utilitarian pocket and belt details inspired by the bomber jacket and signature Burberry trench; the retro bowling bag got the Burberry facelift made compact in smooth tan leather and corduroy; and Tisci’s reimagination of women and men’s outerwear involved the use of diamond quilts, trench inspired back panels, and the odd vintage check under collars.
Naturally, the stars of the collection are the outerwear pieces that include diamond-quilted coats, bomber and field jackets. Details like pocket and belt details on bucket hats even take their cues from a bomber jacket and the classic Burberry trench. To give the items a collectable cachet, some designs come with an edition number too.
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