Apart from Erdem, I always think of Mulberry as one of my personal highlights of London Fashion Week. This time around, Creative Director Emma Hill built an English country garden in Claridge’s ballroom – replacing the carpets with astroturf and creating a frenzy of gnomes everywhere you looked, with fresh roses around the entrance and little lizards hidden everywhere (including on the clothes).
Blaming a romantic mood, the SS’13 Mulberry girl came via the seventies for this collection, in a blend of ice cream and pastel shades (apricots, caramels and pinks) and metallic bronzes and silvers. Camel cape-backed trench coats were adorned with floral buttons, and worn with the new Willow bag – a tote-clutch that is everything Mulberry epitomizes.
Blue and warm brown flower jumpers were worn over pleated skirts and belted, creating folds from the hips, and maxi dresses were brushed with florals on the shoulders. It was a looser feel to the cut this season – from the maxi dresses to the biker jackets over halter neck dresses and sequined gowns. Slimline trousers were patterned with jewel-bright lizards, and the shoes matching the outfits down to the floral buttons.
“It was more grown-up this season, the quality and the detail but the Mulberry girl always still has a sense of humour,” summed up Emma Hill to Vogue.