May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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London: Just when you thought tough-chic biker looks were a thing of the past, Burberry Prorsum’s Christopher Bailey brought them back for spring. Bailey was inspired by Thomas Burberry’s designs for England’s first motorcyclers in the early 1900s, but the results felt more influenced by the next century than the last. A futuristic, Mad Max element appeared with skin-tight pieced leather pants, reinforced cropped trenches and biker jackets. Acid yellow and lime green added to the sci-fi feel and were used for jackets, tops and patent leather belts, and foil-like silver leather was used for pants and jackets. The designer introduced a softer mood midway through the show with a sage green ruched dress that referenced his S/S 10 collection, but the sweetness did not last long. The collection closed with punky jackets embellished with spikes and studs over filmy dresses in a leopard print. While the biker look is certainly not new, Bailey updated the look with the neons that have become this season’s most compelling group of tones.
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