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London Fashion Week: Burberry Prorsum spring/summer 2011

Sarah Jessica Parker and Serena Williams front row at Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show
Sarah Jessica Parker and Serena Williams front row at Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 21: A model walks the runway during the Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2011 show at London Fashion Week at Chelsea College of Art and Design on September 21, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Chiaki Nozu/Getty Images)

Hilary Alexander

Burberry serves double ace for biker chic show at London Fashion Week.

Burberry served up a double-ace at London Fashion Week today (Tuesday) as tennis champions, Serena Williams, and Andy Murray, joined the Hollywood star, Sarah Jessica Parker in the front row.

Murray, who was accompanied by his girlfriend, Kim Sears, and was attending his first fashion show, said it was "more hectic than Centre Court", as he was ambushed by photographers.

Williams, brandishing two-inch metallic talons as lethal as her serve, revealed she had once "stopped a point" at Wimbledon when a nail broke.

The racketing duo delighted Anna Wintour, a tennis fan, who keeps fit by playing most mornings at 6am,who was also in the front row with her 15-year-old niece, Ellie Wintour.

The Burberry Prorsum collection, designed by the 154-year-old British heritage brand's chief creative officer, Christopher Bailey, was inspired by the biker culture.

The famous Burberry trench-coat, made famous in World War 1, was subverted into a cropped "biker" jacket, in python and studded leather, and worn with skin-tight moto-cross 'leathers', with quilted and reinforced panels.

Canvas, mini-trenches were tightly cinched with coloured patent belts, in turquoise and lime; and snakeskin biker jackets were encrusted with enough metal studs to turn a Hell's Angel into a fashion victim.

Even ruched mini-dresses, in lime, fuschia and turquoise regimental-satin, or multi-coloured, leopard-print georgette, echoed motorbike-style, being silver-zipped from neck to knee, and tethered with leather and shiny patent straps.

Many of the models might have wished they had traveled by two-wheels, Harley-style, since the high-heeled, multi-strap-and-buckle biker boots, appeared so difficult to walk in. Several models removed their boots and paraded barefoot, while one model, Nina Porter, took a tumble, as she closed the show in a biker jacket bristling with silver spikes, and a purple, leopard-print georgette micro-mini.

London Fashion Week finishes tomorrow (Wednesday), with a showcase of the spring/summer 2011 collections by the country's top menswear designers.

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