A Burberry Rave with Ezra Miller and Miley Cyrus
This is *not* your grandfather’s Burberry.
V chic guests. Photograph courtesy of Burberry.
Friday night in London, Riccardo Tisci hosted his first party as the chief creative officer of Burberry, taking the opportunity to celebrate two staples of British culture: Vivienne Westwood and clubbing. The party rang in his collaboration with Westwood, whose nearby presence could be felt all night. (“She’s here,” one guest gasped, his hands on heart.) Opting for a one thousand-person rave, Tisci selected decor that included torchlit chandeliers, a cellist, go-go dancers in Burberry check print bikinis that matched the floor-to-ceiling wallpaper, shirtless bartenders, and, most importantly, the most elaborately dressed club kids London has to offer. The venue was the Chelsea Sorting House, a former post office located only a few blocks from the King’s Road, where Dame Vivienne got her start.
Keeping the club kids company were Ezra Miller, Miley Cyrus (who performed London’s G-A-Y party later that evening), Tisci’s longtime confidante Ladyfag, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Violet Chachki, beauty visionary Isamaya Ffrench, Matt Smith, and Mia Goth. M.I.A. performed a hit-heavy set that still felt punk, especially as she ditched her Burberry heels to climb a speaker and issue a resounding, “Free Palestine!” By the time the lights switched on at 2 a.m., ending Honey Dijon’s set, guests had certainly forgotten that they were at a fashion party in Chelsea, and not a warehouse east of Shoreditch.
Burberry has been dosing out Tisci’s vision for the brand in a carefully cadenced drip since the announcement of his appointment back in March, with his hundred-look debut runway show in September being the most significant landmark in that narrative. But if that outing demonstrated a healthy respect for the millions (and millions) of customers Tisci will reach in his new job, Friday’s rave left no doubt that the brilliant, brooding Italian hasn’t lost his taste for rebellious sex appeal.