The latest runway show, delayed by the death of Queen Elizabeth II, was inspired by the British seaside. It had a decidedly muted air.
It was a wet and blustery day in a gray industrial estate in southeast London, but Riccardo Tisci was determined to head to the beach. Little wonder, given that the trip was nine days delayed and there were bumps on the road to get there.
This season was meant to herald a starry return to London Fashion Week for Burberry after several years away from the calendar. Rumor had it that Mr. Tisci, the chief creative officer of Burberry, which is Britain’s largest luxury brand by sales, was planning a spectacle of a show in one of the city’s most historic landmarks, Trafalgar Square.
And with a few exceptions — despite the alternative site and perpetual drizzle — everyone was dutifully there. There was Kanye West, in black socks and diamond flip-flops. Also the British rapper Stormzy, the actor Daniel Kaluuya and the entirety of the London Contemporary Orchestra, seated with their instruments and dressed in white shirts, sharp black suits and baseball caps. Ready for a collection that Mr. Tisci, in his show notes, said drew inspiration from the British seaside. Not cliffs or sand or shells, but “rather the beach as a crux of society, a crucible of humanity.”
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