Three seasons in and it's become clear now that Burberry's chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci is designing for every Burberry customer. Mainly, they're the longstanding Burberry clients that have always looked to the storied British fashion house for elegant clothes accented with contemporary flair, as well as a younger generation that's constantly on the pulse of fashion trends.
For spring/summer 2020, after a year of solidifying his vision for Burberry, Tisci took things a step further. The collection—aptly named 'Evolution'—is loosely inspired by the Victorian era when Thomas Burberry first founded the fashion house. And by 'loosely', we mean that Tisci didn't resort to common Victorian tropes to incorporate into his designs. Tisci instead took on more subtle nods to achieve looks that were not excessively referenced, and most importantly, were accessible and contemporary.
The menswear looks for spring/summer 2020, generally kept to a range of greys, black, and Burberry's signature honey, with an emphasis on tonal and single-patterned looks (look 82). Tailoring was updated with cummerbund-like accessories in leather (looks 28 and 34), and highlighted a more languid silhouette. The more streetwear segment of the collection featured detachable hems and oversized T-shirts with extended backs (look 87) that moved like a cape as the model walked.
But it's look 80—mesh of streetwear and deft tailoring—that's a winner in our books. The almost seamless elongated checked vest appeared to be sculpted to the model's body. It also gave the appearance of a cinched waist, thanks to the bottom half of the piece that we reckon can be unzipped to further elongate the length—a signature Tisci twist of combining design technique with innovation.
Scroll through our picks of the 10 best menswear looks from Burberry's latest spring/summer 2020 runway show at the gallery above.