GENERATION PUNK: Burberry's Collaboration with Vivienne Westwood
Text by Justin Ng | Photos courtesy of Burberry
Riccardo Tisci x Vivienne Westwood Burberry Collaboration
Riccardo Tisci x Vivienne Westwood Burberry Collaboration

You dream about meeting your idols. The Federers, Beyonces and Oprahs of the world, are the ones you admire and look up to. Them even affording you a glance would simply be unfathomable. For Burberry's new chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci, however, he may have just hit the jackpot of all jackpots in Burberry's upcoming collaboration with the one and only Vivienne Westwood. "Vivienne was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself," Tisci wrote on Instagram. "I am SO honored to announce a new Burberry collaboration with the original BRITISH PUNK." Renowned for revolutionising punk rock style and new wave fashions, legendary design icon Vivienne Westwood is sure to provide her signature subversive take in this upcoming collection. Whether it was the near-offensive 11-inch purple platforms at her 1993 runway show, or designing Carrie Bradshaw's wedding gown in Sex and the City in 2008, there's an eclectic flair inherent to her work that has set her apart from her peers. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Burberry, a brand that has gone through major structural changes over the past few years. From changing creative officers, expanding accessory lines and making the shift towards a mixture of street wear and heritage styles, Burberry seems ready for change. And kicking things off with Westwood may just be the spark that the British heritage label needs in its new creative direction. Having worked with Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy to revamp the label's iconic check last year, it seemed only a matter of time before Tisci would approach the rebellious Westwood. Likewise, Westwood's label has been looking to diversify its fashion line beyond its punk rock aesthetic, so working with Burberry will offer it a refreshing new look of modernity and class. Manning the front is Tisci, the former creative director of Givenchy, who is making waves with this announcement. All this, and Tisci has yet to present his debut collection for Burberry, which will happen in September during LFW. His idol may have been Vivienne, but he has become one himself in the eyes of many in the fashion world. With his previous works on the reimagining of the Nike Air Force 1, or the menacing Rottweiler Jumper, there's a paradoxically harmonious resonance that he has with his muse that will bode well for the upcoming collection. So far, we only know that the capsure will feature re-imagined iconic pieces from Vivienne Westwood's archive. So, while few details have been released, expect the core silhouette to be the gritty and contemporary style of Vivienne Westwood. However, with Burberry's seemingly new status quo, fans of the brand should come to expect the unexpected. The collection will launch in December, with proceeds going towards Cool Earth, a non-profit organisation dedicated to halting rainforest deforestation. A nice touch by the socially conscious designer, who we admire all the more for.

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