London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 Report: Mulberry

19 February 2012 by

The first season Mulberry has hosted just one show, instead of two, there was a slight sense of anxiety. After all, it is always one of the most popular shows of LFW and always comes up trumps with the celebrity FROW sightings.

Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen and Lan Del Rey were just few of the A-listers who sent the paps into a frenzy. And after much speculation over whether Lana del Rey would perform, she happily took her seat to watch the show, and albeit we were a little disappointed she didnt sing, we were quickly distracted by one of the three new Mulberry bag family additions, named after the singer herself, the Del Rey. Launching in May, the Del Rey, like its namesake, mixes old school glamour with eclectic influences, creating a slightly sportier/doctor’s bag like version of the Bayswater.

The furry black long haired seats and furry monster statues together with Iggy Pop’s Real Wild Child as the soundtrack, gave us a pretty good idea that shaggy shearling was going to be a big feature. Inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, wild adventures at English Boarding Schools and young girl’s vivid imaginations, long hairy Mongolian coats, gilets and skirts were a key look for the collection and even featured on their new bags the Maisie and the Tassel. Sleeveless vests and even dresses featured in fluffy black lapin. Keeping it tonal, Emma Hill mixed rusty oranges with greys and blues with two key prints using embellishment, lace and chunky knits to add detail. Crackle patent skirts and coats (all over the catwalk at NYFW) with printed parka jackets trimmed with fur made the prospect of country walks look super chic. Bags were furry too, which the Maisie Clipper bag in black and teal shearling. Dreams of escaping to a world of Eskimos and native America were visible with tribal notes in the form of beading on bags and zebra print and we were loving the useful winter styling tips such as taming a chunky knit scarf with a belt, and layering a fine polo neck over a sporty quilted sweatshirt. Girly evening wear served up in the form of fitted lace dresses in black and bright orange and sequin and beaded skirts were a pleasant finale.


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