The Clothes: For spring, Mulberry treated us to a quirky, gnome-filled, Neapolitan ice cream-colored garden party. Creative director Emma Hill called the collection a “blend of Mulberry’s English country heritage with a sorbet summer palette.” You could see the ’70s, the decade Mulberry was established, in the silhouettes–particularly on menswear inspired slouchy pant suits (a white suit brought to mind that iconic Bianca Jagger look), tuxedo jackets, and pea coats done in leather. The tougher leather pieces balanced out the sugary sweet color palette and the more feminine frocks like pleated silk dresses and floral print knits. For added quirk, an adorable gecko print appeared on tops and skirts.
And since it’s all about the bags with Mulberry, we should mention that their newest addition to the line up is the Willow. The collection showcased the Willow tote, a big oversized leather number with a enveloped clutch zipped onto the front that can be detached. Two bags in one is something we can really get behind.
The Hair & Makeup: We’ve seen a lot of simple hairstyles on the runways so far so the ‘do at Mulberry–a messy side bun with one small braid wrapped in–was refreshing to see something a bit more complex and thought out (though it still looked effortless, and that was, of course, the point). Eyes got the ’60s cat eye treatment and lips were stained pink.
The Soundtrack: Queens’ “Under Pressure” as well as a track from some cartoon that must be a reference to a British show (we think?). It featured a laughing gnome who drank dandelion wine.
The Vibe: This was my first Mulberry show and it was really a feast for all the senses. Guests entered the Claridge’s hotel to be greeted first by an army of pastel colored plastic gnomes, then by servers offering up pastel colored sodas in fancy glass bottles as well as slices of rainbow cake made especially for the show by the Claridge’s bakers. It was a lot of sugar for 10 am. Not that I’m complaining…
The runway was adorned with a floral arch with pastel geckos hidden throughout. A poodle took a turn on the catwalk. Classic, cheeky Mulberry. We love a brand that can be a bit silly.
The Front Row: Mulberry sure knows how to pack a front row. The full line up: Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Lana Del Rey, Rebecca Hall, Jessica Ennis, Vanessa Kirby,
Scully Gillian Anderson, Downton Abbey‘s Anna Joanne Froggatt and Lady Grantham Elizabeth McGovern, Romola Garai, Olivia Palermo, Harley Viera Newton, Atlanta de Cadenet, Tamzin Merchant, Freddie Fox, and Sunday Girl. Moss and Chung were super chatty throughout the show. We imagine their conversation went something like this: “You’re so pretty,” “No, you’re so pretty,” “No you are!” and so on.
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Kate Middleton (why hasn’t she embraced Mulberry more?).
WTF moment: It’s hard to choose one: There was the poodle on the runway, the gnomes, the custom rainbow cake, and the geckos hidden in the runway decoration. It all made for a lively and fun show. We also overheard one editor say to another, “Should we nick a gnome?” She’d have to nick a Willow tote to carry it.