Mulberry turned the ballroom at iconic London hotel Claridge’s into an English country retreat to showcase creative director Emma Hill’s last collection for the brand during London Fashion Week. The entrance was adorned with flower-strewn iron gates, the catwalk flanked on all sides with sprawling ivy. Arguably the best, and most English, element of the Great British mood-setting, though, was the tea table – finger sandwiches, mini-Victoria sponges and tiny strawberry tarts which were, quite frankly, the best thing this showgoer has ever popped in his gob at a fashion event.
Inside, brand advocate Alexa Chung took her seat on the front row and chatted to the incredibly dashing Douglas Booth as actresses Rebecca Hall and Juno Temple looked on. Across the catwalk, Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles waited patiently for the show to start.
And what a show it was, inspired by ‘Le Style Anglais’, a mashing together of 1960s London vibes with the classic English country house and gardens. Cara Delevingne opened in a floral silk jacquard coat and skirt, a similar material being sported a few looks later by a very British bulldog, himself a reluctant model (he had to be dragged down the catwalk at one point).
Elsewhere, there were sheer silk separates, red floral printed pieces, fiery reds and plenty of black leathery items.
The last few looks went pure white, with Cara popping up again in an embroidered, knee length cotton dress.
A great setting, a great collection and a brilliant tenure over what now is a very strong British brand – Ms Hill can walk out the iron gates with her head held very high indeed.
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