Biker Chic at Burberry Prorsum

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Heritage has always been an important part of the Burberry brand; the S/S 11 collection “Heritage Biker” was inspired by Thomas Burberry’s designs for the first motorbike riders in the early 1900s.

Very different from his pioneering garments, I wonder what Thomas Burberry would have to say about the collection’s leather leggings, skyscraper heels and teeny cropped biker jackets. Taking the concept from the brand’s heritage, Bailey gave it a sexy, skintight and streamlined makeover.

The classic Burberry trench coat was shrunken into a zip-up mini trench with biker detail quilted sleeves, in some versions banded with black leather and cinched with a lime green or bright light blue double buckle belt. Leather biker jackets were shrunken further still and decorated with an abundance of studs. These super-studded jackets were paired with skintight silver leather trousers or studded jeans.

The now trademark silk dresses the designer has introduced to the brand were braver than ever. Sexy but subtle, the scoop backs added a seductive edge to the otherwise ultra-feminine designs in peach, mint and muted python print. The apron-style dress’ juxtaposition of pink petal silk ruffles and bands of leather holding the dress in place added a certain frisson.

The catwalk was awash with minimalist sand and black, accentuated with bright blue and green belts and tangerine bags. There were flashes of lime green and clashing yellow silk and a striking purple silk tulip-hemmed dress.

Pictures courtesy of LFW: Daily Diary ( (

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