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Bailey bows out colorfully from Burberry

Feb 19,2018
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LONDON - Christopher Bailey’s final show as Burberry creative director dominated London Fashion Week on Saturday. Bailey is leaving the popular brand later this year after serving as creative director and chief executive, among other jobs. His 17-year stint helped it regain its prominence as a global fashion power.

Bailey’s final show was a milestone for him and for the company he helped revive.

He dedicated his farewell show to organizations that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

“There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength and our creativity,’’ Bailey said.

The spectacle was part fashion show, part performance art and part laser lighting display. It ended with Bailey walking down a fog-filled runway to a prolonged standing ovation from a crowd that included Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Chelsea Clinton and many others famous fans.

“It was exquisite,’’ said Miller, who seemed near tears moments after the show ended. “One of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen. It was brave and it was political and it was beautiful.’’

Clinton also seemed overcome with emotion.

“It showed so much humanity, so much of what he is as a person,’’ she said. “I’m just so glad I could be here and see it in person to celebrate Christopher as he goes on to the next chapter.’’

Model and actress Cara Delevingne made a now-rare catwalk appearance for Bailey and the Burberry brand. She closed the show wearing a regal, rainbow-themed outfit and leading the other models through the finale, which was set off by a spectacular laser show.

The audience was filled with luminaries, including actor Idris Elba and actresses Naomie Harris, Keira Knightley, and Naomi Watts. Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, also were in the crowd.

AP