Burberry Autumn/Winter 2020 show

‘Moving back to London recently – a city I first discovered as a young student – gave me a real sense of nostalgia. It was the place where I learnt to be myself and a city where I gained the confidence to be the man that I am today. I have this strong feeling of pride when I think about the early days of my career, when I was an emerging designer still learning my craft and taking inspiration wherever I could find it.

The memory of this special and formative time in my life is what has influenced this collection – from the places I visited and the people that surrounded me to the music that inspired me. It is this side of my personal journey that I wanted to blend with the codes and language that I have started to define here at Burberry,” states Riccardo Tisci, Burberry Chief Creative Officer.

Burberry unveiled its Autumn/Winter 2020 collection at Kensington Olympia in London on February 17, 2020.

Named Memories, the collection for men and women is inspired by Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci’s reflections on his formative years as a young designer, and is imbued with references to the places he visited – from London to India – the people he met and the music that informed him at the start of his career.

Memories continues to build upon the fashion house’s rich heritage and signature cues – from the Burberry beige colour palette and trench coats to classic tailoring and duffle coats – juxtaposed with new, modern silhouettes, prints and fabrications.

The collection was presented at Kensington Olympia’s National Hall on a mirrored runway which towered in front of the seated audience. Renowned pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque and producer Arca performed a live soundscape curated for the show featuring Distant Places composed by David Chalmin, Fantasy in F Minor composed by Franz Schubert and Four Movements for Two Pianos composed by Phillip Glass.

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Over 800 guests attended the show including Cate Blanchett, Odell Beckham Jr, FKA Twigs, Lourdes Leon, Jacob Elordi, Hunter Schafer, Naomi Campbell, Micheal Ward, Skin, AJ Tracey, Kristen McMenamy, Mari Natsuki, Yolanda Hadid, Ladyfag, Luka Sabbat, Shay, Boychild, Wu Tsang, Lea T, Mahmood, ASAP Nast, William Djoko, Burna Boy, Dajana Roncione, Joy Crookes, Lous and The Yakuza, Rina Sawayama and Sippin’ T.

Both new faces and established Burberry models walked the show including Ugbad Abdi, Izaak Adu, Maxwell Annoh, Benji Arvay, Thialda Bok, Mariacarla Boscono , Alexis Chaparro, Sora Choi, He Cong, Lucas Davey, Matteo Ferri, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Kacie Hall, Tara Halliwell, Nozomu

Ito, Kristiāns Jakovļevs, Kendall, Tashi Jay-Kwayie, Amanda Martins, Hannah Motler,Reece Nelson, Usman Obe, Jay Park, Keone Pillay, Faretta Radic, Irina Shayk, Joan Smalls, Fran Summers, Mona Tougaard, Rianne van Rompaey and Astrid Voss.

The collection for men and women features classic Burberry trench coats, car coats, duffle coats and equestrian-inspired quilted jackets, alongside long collarless coats, tailoring, jodhpurs and fluted skirts – all in textural contrasts and new prints. Introducing the Olympia bag collection featuring a shoulder bag in three sizes and a crossbody bag. A supersized Pocket Bag, Society holdall and duffle bag in plaid also feature.

Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2020 runway show has been certified as carbon neutral and the house has taken measures to both reduce and offset the carbon emissions associated with the show.

Burberry introduces carbon insetting and Autumn/Winter 2020 runway show certified carbon neutral

  • Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2020 runway show will be carbon neutral
  • Burberry takes measures to reduce carbon emissions and offset remaining impacts through programmes to reforest areas of Australia devasted by recent bushfires.
  • Burberry creates a “Regeneration Fund” to support future carbon insetting projects in its global supply chain, starting with wool producers in Australia.

Burberry is pleased to announce that its Autumn/Winter 2020 runway show will be certified as carbon neutral as it takes measures to both reduce and offset the carbon emissions tied to the event. Burberry is also creating a Regeneration Fund to support a portfolio of carbon insetting projects to directly tackle the environmental impact of Burberry’s operations.

The new insetting projects will be implemented within Burberry’s own supply chain, working to promote biodiversity, restore ecosystems and support the livelihoods of local producers as well as storing carbon at source and removing it from the atmosphere. To kickstart the programme, Burberry is partnering with PUR Projet to design and implement regenerative agriculture practices with some of its wool producers in Australia. The project will work at farm level to improve carbon capture in soils, improve watershed and soil health, reduce dryland salinity and promote biodiverse habitats.

To reduce the environmental impact of the Autumn/Winter 2020 runway show, Burberry is taking a range of measures including holding the event in a certified sustainable venue, prioritising electric vehicles and not using any air freight. Any remaining carbon emissions will be offset through a savanna fire management project which works to reduce the risk of uncontrolled late dry season wild fires in Australia and mitigate damage caused to ecosystems. Burberry has also reviewed gifting for show guests, opting to collaborate with PUR Projet and their local partner to plant trees in Australia on guests’ behalf to help restore native ecosystems devastated by the recent bushfires.

Pam Batty, VP of Corporate Responsibility, Burberry: “At Burberry we are passionate about creating real change in our industry to build a more sustainable future and I am proud that we can express this through our biggest brand moments like our runway shows. As we look to the future, our move to implement carbon insetting in our supply chain is testament to our restless approach to finding new ways to protect our environment and strengthen our deep commitment to our local communities.”

This approach builds on Burberry’s existing climate commitments approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) which apply to greenhouse gas emissions from Burberry’s operations, covering scopes 1, 2 and 3. The targets for greenhouse gas emissions from Burberry’s operations – scopes 1 and 2 – are consistent with reductions required to keep warming to 1.5°C, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement.

Burberry is already carbon neutral in the Americas region, EMEIA retail stores and UK operations and is on track to achieve its goal of being carbon neutral in its own global operations by 2022.

  • Carbon insetting, as opposed to offsetting, occurs when agroforestry or tree planting projects are carried out directly within a company’s own supply chain. More than just providing a source of carbon capture, insetting projects work with communities to help provide climate resilience, promote biodiversity, restore ecosystems and support the livelihoods of local producers.
  • Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2020 runway show in September 2019 was also certified as carbon neutral.

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