Five thoughts about Burberry's feminine power-driven autumn/winter 2021 runway presentation
Run the world
The opening featured a model stepping out from under a representation of Mother Nature.
Birtish artist Shygirl kicked off the presentation with an original spoken-word piece. A visual representation of the feminine spirit and Mother Nature took the form of a plus-size model standing strong as the first Burberry model stepped out from under her to start the runway presentation proper. It was a brilliant start to the show and doubled down on the theme of the collection right from the beginning. I do feel the need to point out however, that it was a tad disappointing to see that other than the body positive introduction, no other plus-size models were used for the actual runway — a move that could've driven the point of celebrating femininity even stronger.
There were plenty of military-inspired and protective aspects to the collection.
In an effort to shed archetypes and preconceived notions of femininity, chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci took reference from a warrior-like quality that's not typically associated with the feminine energy. The result was a collection that riffed on military trench coats, chainmail (beautifully interpreted in gold paillettes laid upon a mesh foundation) as well as bulky faux fur. The Burberry autumn/winter 2021 women were almost Amazonian-like: armed and ready for battle and like Patty Jenkins's version of Wonder Woman, stylishly so.
Capes, flags and all things superhero-esque.
Talking about Wonder Woman, it was hard to ignore the many interpretations of capes that were affixed onto tailoring and outerwear. Not only did they remind me of superhero capes — and let's face it, women are superheroes in many ways — but they also enhanced the shoulder, creating a sharper and more structured look that was strong in every sense of the word.
The dainty rings that drew attention.
Well, they're not truly dainty. But as compared to the rest of the pieces in Burberry's autumn/winter 2021 womenswear collection, they're accents with big visual impact. The key jewellery in the entire collection (at least in my opinion) is the bell-adorned ring spotted on looks 10, 25 and 27. Crafted in with a gold finish throughout, they're unusual and possibly clunky to wear but added such depth to a look. There were other colour and material combinations seen too yet the gold ones looked exquisite.
Was that a Catwoman reference too?
And the other accessory that caught my eye was the pair of black sunglasses worn on looks 16 and 18. Designed with an attached nose piece, it did remind me of Anne Hathaway's Catwoman mask in The Dark Knight Rises. Actually, come to think of it, a lot of the looks would have been something another iconic Hathaway character would wear: The Devil Wears Prada's Andrea Sachs. Did Tisci actually has Hathaway in mind as muse for femininity? Probably not. But the parallels are there.