The British fashion house, working with Benji B, turned to the sounds of the World Music co-founder for its latest catwalk collection.
Earlier this week, Burberry staged its Summer 2024 runway show in a tent at London’s Highbury Fields. The show was accompanied by the music of former Crack Magazine cover star Dean Blunt, and tracks such as Rinsed and Pressed – both 2023 collaborations between Blunt and fellow London-based artist and Ladies Music Pub co-founder TYSON.
Benji B put together the soundtrack, having previously opted for a medley of Burial classics last season, when he worked on the music for Daniel Lee’s first show as chief creative officer. Watch a clip below or check out the show via Burberry’s YouTube channel.
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According to a since-expired Instagram Story from Benji B, which you can check out below, the bespoke score featured “95 [percent] unreleased Dean Blunt” and “a couple of current favourites.” [sic] Dean Blunt’s last full-length offering, Black Metal 2, dropped in June 2021. At the time we said: “Few British artists working today – in any medium – are as consistently invigorating as Dean Blunt”.
A slew more former cover stars, including Kylie, Kano, Micheal Ward, Unknown T and Burna Boy were in attendance at the fashion week show, alongside Wizkid, Skepta, Shygirl, Neneh Cherry and Damon Albarn. A few years back, Burberry called upon Arca to soundtrack one of its shows, while under the direction of previous creative head, Riccardo Tisci.
Monday’s (18 September) show was the star of a wider fashion week takeover by the heritage company, with a rebrand of Bond Street station to Burberry Street, and a pop-up at north London’s Norman’s Cafe – which has been met with some online criticism – also undertaken. The show notes described the runway presentation itself as “an exploration of lightness, sensuality, beauty and elegance”.
@burberry Summer 2024 #Burberry ♬ original sound – Burberry
Revisit the Dean Blunt and GAIKA cover story.