It was announced several months ago that Christopher Bailey would leave his post at the helm of Burberry for supposedly greener pastures. Since then, there has been heavy speculation regarding his successor. This was amplified by the fact that around the same period of his departure, other high-profile designers were leaving their posts as well. Rumours of a logical successor at Burberry included Kim Jones (formerly of Louis Vuitton) and more notably Phoebe Philo (of Céline).
To most people’s surprise, especially ours, it was announced yesterday that none of the above had been chosen. Instead, the British house chose none other than Riccardo Tisci. Most of us know Tisci from his stint over at Givenchy where he made the brand one of the most demanded around the turn of the decade. He did so my introducing logo-heavy pieces primarily tees and jerseys) and popularising the kilt once more.
What his creative vision will bring to the house remains to be seen, but we like to keep an open mind and are excited for his first presentation, which is slated for September.
Image by Anton Corbijn via Vogue.