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.”
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.”