19 September 2010

One of the most striking things about the Mulberry S/S '11 show was the foxy coppery hair on all the models. The bright auburn locks coordinated perfectly with the dark tan leather accessories from large square totes, to ankle boots, and reinventions and updates of the Alexa satchel. We've decided we like this as a look - matchy-matching hair to accessories. And, of course, by now Grazia Daily has made its feelings clear about the effortless cool that is projected by red hair.

Julia Johansen at Mulberry's New York Fashion Week party last week

Despite the clone-army aesthetic of the Mulberry models, it turns out that not all of the redheads were equal. One of the dozen, Finnish model Julia Johansen, she of the perfect freckles, and pouty lips, is in fact, The Girl Who Inspired The Look For The Entire Mulberry Spring Summer 2011 Collection (and there was us being jalouse of Ms Chung and her "Alexa" bag). Mulberry Creative Director Emma Hill spotted Johansen at the label's casting day and was instantly smitted; 'Julia walked in, wearing a Metallica T-shirt and converse. And I thought "that's it". She has this upturned look to her mouth that seems quite mischievous, like she has a secret'.

Julia Johansen on the catwalk

So in order to give a uniform look on the catwalk, the models were all required to wear a wig to recreate "The Julia", a choppy blunt-fringed long bob. Even Julia had to wear a Julia wig, giving the slightly surreal effect of smoothing back her hair into a bun in order to pull on a virtually-identical wig.

Being both ridiculously suggestible (monkey see, monkey do) and having no sense of decorum or cool whatsoever, it was entirely predictable that Grazia Daily would immediately scamper back stage as soon as the show finished and beg to try on one of the Mulberry wigs. Fortunately Fabio Vivan (hairstylist on Sam McKnight's backstage team) was too polite to refuse. Et voila - Grazia Daily Editor Angela Buttolph gets Mulberry-ed. Whaddayathink?


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