The Mulberry Autumn Winter 2018 collection explores a very British notion: the attraction of opposites, knitting together references from various eras to create something bold, and all new. The result is an arresting cocktail, a melange of times and places that resonates with the here and now. “We’ve looked at the aristocrat, and the rebel — this woman is both,” says Johnny Coca, Mulberry’s Creative Director. “Impulsive, playful. It’s an unexpected and distinctly British breed of beauty.”

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Daywear suits are paired with crystals, chiffons compliment jolly prints, and flirtatious babydoll gowns are dressed with feather-topped bobby-socks. When it comes to accessorising, looks share a theme of femininity. Earrings and necklaces are formed from ribbons of metal, complemented by oversized cocktail rings.

The bag of the season is ‘The Leighton’ with a triple play of leather, brass and tortoiseshell. One of Mulberry’s hardware signatures, the instantly recognisable Rider’s Lock, gives the bag a touch of fresh fluidity and playfulness, transforming their shape when carried open or closed. We can’t wait to get our hands on this one!

Completing the ensemble are delicate shoes — think wide but slender kitten heels that recall vintage dance-shoes with girlish ankle socks. The slightly flirty attitude lends a new dynamic to more classic styles like closed-toe court shoes and knee-high boots in croc-embossed leather, or dipped in glitter.

The palette plays on notions of demure British suiting shades versus dynamic brights. Colours vibrate with joy in psychedelic-tinged floral patterns reflecting the design of wallpaper and upholstery motifs. These beautiful and bold acid shades are further embellished within the theme, with quilting or delicate embroidery.

Coca reflects: “Britishness isn’t about one culture, or one way of dressing. It’s about mixing elements together, and creating something unique. It’s about being and looking different; about personality and self-expression. Understanding the rules, in order to break them. It’s about true personal style.”