There were puppies on the runway at Mulberry–a very cute idea, but one that’s maybe a bit overdone at this point. Still, you couldn’t blame Emma Hill for wanting to throw in a bit of her signature sense of humor–which became such a part of Mulberry’s identity during her tenure–at her last show for the house.
The clothes themselves were clean and sophisticated, with a sixties-inspired lightness. The first few tailored looks featured a sweet silvery grey daisy print–which was also faintly present on otherwise staid button-downs. A series of palate-cleansing pale striped looks followed, which were in turn followed by several bolder looks: head-to-toe black leather stripes, painterly abstract florals in punchy colors like black and orange, and structural all-white looks, that seemed to make an argument for the Mulberry girl as more of a Mulberry woman. She doesn’t need “cool girl” styling tricks or quirky butterfly frocks, but has matured into someone who favors a more pared back and clean look. But she’s still strong–and still in love with her puppy.
And while this might have been Hill’s last bow for the brand, it’s certainly not the last we’ve heard from the designer. Speaking to the Telegraph, Hill said, “I’m not dropping off the face of the earth.” As for her plans after the Mulberry show, the designer said she was heading “straight for the pub.”