Actors, tennis stars and musicians flocked to the Burberry Prorsum show that was the centrepiece of London Fashion Week on Tuesday, but the focus was on designer Christopher Bailey’s new creations.

The Burberry fashion czar built on recent successes with studded biker jackets, leather-trimmed trench-style minidresses, and vibrant hot shots of colours like turquoise, lime green and purple for the spring and summer 2011 collection.

It was a cutting edge, sexy look, with a few references back to the brand’s storied heritage, and a few hints of military wear, but brought up-to-date. Many of the models wore skintight leather trousers with quilted patterns — they needed help getting in and out of the outfits.

Bailey dipped into the company archives for inspiration, adapting the designs for motorcycle wear created by company icon Thomas Burberry. The fusion of classic design with modern accent has come to be a Bailey trademark, channelling the company's past and delicately guiding it forward.