Burberry’s Christopher Bailey showcased a series of studded leather jackets, quilted leather jodphurs and colourful animal prints at the luxury fashion house’s catwalk at London Fashion Week yesterday.
Bailey updated Burberry’s iconic trench coat with leather arms and point studded shoulders, referencing the collection’s biker inspiration. Cropped trench coats were also worked with biker details and a python skin jacket was glammed up with gold pointed studs acting like space-age armour over the shoulders and upper arms.
Biker details adorned jodphur-fitted trousers too, with quilting and python trims almost too literal an interpretation.
The worry here was that studded bikers jackets have been and gone so recently, both at the top end of the market and all over the high street, meaning that Burberry offered little in the way of newness for spring 11.
Even the accessories will disappoint Bailey fans, with pointed low-cut shoe boots and super high biker-like courts doing little to inspire and causing a couple of his models to stumble down the catwalk.
Better were Bailey’s use of coloured animal prints over a series of cocktail dresses and tops but even these weren’t enough to put Burberry’s efforts anywhere near the standard of last season’s shearling triumphs.