Mulberry’s DNA is 50% charm and 50% quirk and their resort RTW collection (called spring/summer by the label) didn’t disappoint in that regard. The collection, an homage to English beach culture, includes prints, rhinestones, fruit, and donkeys--plus those absolute necessities: tweed and a rain mac.
Donkey rides, as I learned at the Mulberry presentation, are a beloved beach tradition in England, and the lowly beasts feature on soft sweatshirts--including one for your four-legged friend. The prints, named Bonkers Beach and Stripy Straws, are the happiest things I’ve seen in ages. Bonkers Beach, a small colorful montage of beachy images, appears on loose tailored shorts and a shirtdress. Stripy Straws, based on a picture creative director Emma Hill took after she threw some straws on the ground, pop up everywhere--the print’s especially effective on scarves.
Tiny, colorful rhinestones were sprinkled liberally on everything from tops to dresses to faded pointy-toed denim pumps. And the fruit theme seen everywhere this spring seems to be continuing, albeit in a cheekier version at Mulberry. Happy pears and apples, often with stick-on googly eyes, frolic on tops, sweaters, and bikinis.
Lest we forget that Mulberry is first and foremost a leather goods company, the bags on offer are drool-worthy. I have a well-documented obsession with fuchsia, and the Candy Pink colorway featured across several lines caught my eye. For those who need a more neutral bag, a gorgeous Summer Khaki popped up everywhere, too.
There are even a few new styles: The Evelina group is a bit slouchy and understated. The Effie comes in a tote, satchel and hobo with the punched-out tree logo front and center. Other perennial faves, like the Lily and Alexa, are re-worked in rhinestones, quilted Candy Pink, and a big, textured snake print.
Click through some of our favorite looks: