How did Burberry reinvent its signature trench coat? The luxury brand flaunted its Animal Instinct spring/summer 2022 womenswear collection in an off-the-wall show

For Burberry’s “Animal Instinct” spring/summer 2022 womenswear collection, chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci reinvented the brand’s signature trench coat. Photo: Handout

British fashion house Burberry deconstructed its camel trench coat for its women’s spring line on Monday, September 27, removing sleeves and in some cases, its back.

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The collection, called Animal Instinct, saw chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci reinvent the label’s trademark piece, adding short capes, turning lapels into long scarves, cutting out slits as well as making the coats collarless or bottomless.

Burberry’s spring/summer 2022 womenswear collection. Photo: Handout

In a video shared online, models – some with stuck-on drooping animal ears, also wore dresses and shirts in colourful abstract geometric and camouflage-like prints.

Burberry’s spring/summer 2022 womenswear collection. Photo: Handout

They walked in different spaces – including a rave and a room padded with trench coats – instead of the traditional catwalk.

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Burberry’s spring/summer 2022 womenswear collection. Photo: Handout

“To me, this presentation really represents the freedom of our imaginations: how we dream to come alive,” Tisci said in a statement.

“I wanted to move through a series of immersive spaces, each of them unique and unexpected in their sound, texture and experience. It’s that idea of flicking between the endless realities and fantasies we have at our fingertips each day.”

Burberry’s spring/summer 2022 womenswear collection. Photo: Handout

The designer dedicated the show to his mother, who died last month, “and to a journey full of new possibilities”.

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Tisci, who has targeted a younger clientele with more youthful sporty looks, added oversized hoodies to the spring/summer 2022 line and layered his casualwear designs with sheer and mesh tops.

Burberry’s spring/summer 2022 womenswear presentation.
Burberry’s Spring_Summer 2022 Womenswear Presentation Collection

There were also oversized waistcoats, plenty of long swaying fringes as well as tightfitting tops and leggings with cut-outs. One model wore a sparkling silver bodysuit.

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For his colour palette, Tisci mainly used beige, fawn, brown, black and white with dabs of pink, red, orange and yellow for the geometric print designs.

Accessories included tall caps and chokers.

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  • The fashion maison deconstructed its trademark piece in an online video, where models traded a catwalk for innovative spaces like a room padded with trench coats
  • Riccardo Tisci targeted millennials and Gen Z with sporty looks – think hoodies and mesh tops – alongside geometric and camouflage-like prints