Models emerged out of clumps of woodland for the A/W’11 Mulberry show as creative director Emma Hill referenced the English countryside and Fantastic Mr. Fox. According to Grazia red-jacketed fox hunters handed out blackberry and apple juice drinks to guests whilst birdsong filled the air. The rows of seating were all named after animals, foxes and hedgehogs rather than using more conventional numbers.
A thoroughly fantastic affair hosted by Claridges ballroom the fashion pack were out in full force. Gemma Arterton, Rosamund Pike, Kirsten Dunst and stylist Leith Clark all graced the front row. Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock fame, and Karen Gillan attended the repeat presentation straight afterwards.
The clothing, however, was far from child’s play with Mulberry’s beautiful bags and accessories taking a back seat to wonderful silhouette’s. The show opened with a kick of shimmering gold and the expensive, luxurious colour scheme continued throughout, maroon, camel, lilac and chocolatey browns.
The models walked down the runway with purpose and all toting a gorgeous bag (apart form the one model who walked with a miniature schnauzer). Skirts were maxi-long or pleated, blouses were delicately printed with pussy-bows and jackets were belted and snug. Box pleated A-line miniskirts also made an appearance in a distinctly ‘60s vein as did cute little collars and cullottes.
A lilac collared knee-length dress with buttons and a pleated skirt was pure fantasy; if anyone is going to make lilac cool, it’s Mulberry.
By Katie Randall