Every season Mulberry is quite literally a feast for the eyes from the front door until the final exit. Held in the beautiful Claridge’s on London’s Brook Street, this is one of London Fashion Week’s most highly anticipated shows each season, and with good reason. From the moment you receive your invite in the post you find yourself wondering what Mulberry will have in store for you upon your arrival. This season our invitation came in the shape of a giant butterfly. Of course such a shape brings plenty of questions instantly to mind, the first being why a shape so commonly associated with springtime would be used for an autumn winter show? All would be revealed in good time.
For autumn winter 2013, Mulberry presented a collection that had the lightness and free-spirited essence of spring but the warmth and coverage of all that’s needed to battle autumn winter in London town. How is this done? Well, one can only imagine it wasn’t easy. The first invention for this sort of light-heavy clothing comes in the form of leather jackets and skirts that were of course heavy, they are leather after all, but were crafted in such a way that made them look as light as air as the catwalk models bounced up and down the catwalk. The puffed out sleeves, in particular, created this wonderful feeling of movement and air. Quite genius, if your asking us, and it didn’t stop with the leather. Exaggerated shapes were also used in the knit jumpers and the wool overcoats. Even the dresses had a larger than life quality to them. Basically, this is a collection that is as forgiving as it is flattering. We are wholeheartedly embracing the full figure of these pieces that will allow for a few extra mince pies around the holidays.
And, in true Mulberry style, the collection was actually inspired by the great country we all call home. Apparently the collection was inspired by the
“rural English landscapes, nature and the flowers of England.” I knew there was a reason to love this collection even more than we already do.
To go through a list now of all the items on our want list would require a few hundred more words. We neither have the time (or the credit yet) to go into detail. Rest assured, however, that there are dozens of pieces worthy of a great investment within this collection. We’re saying that and we haven’t even addressed the handbag situation yet. Best to leave that for more up-close-and-personal viewing later.
For those of you wondering about the celebrity element of the show this year, we had all the usual Mulberry players. We had Lana Del Rey and Alexa Chung sitting chummy together on the front row. Apparently the chap sitting next to them was an actor from the Hunger Games (I obviously need to start paying more attention to these things). For editors, all the big players were there, but most importantly you had Anna Wintour and Alexandra Shulman sitting front row… no, not together.