Mulberry may be known for its classically shaped handbags like the Alexa and Lily, but ready-to-wear is developing into quite the assortment. For Fall 2012, Emma Hill looked to “Where the Wild Things Are” for inspiration and illustrated the children’s book on the runway with a compelling selection of fur. The presentation at London Fashion Week immediately kicked off in high-gear, opening with bold shaggy looks. This seems to be Hill’s favored strategy as she did the same for Spring’s collection of bright pastels.
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If it could be made in fur, chances are, it was. Hill went all out with luxe chestnut shaggy coats; rabbit-trimmed hooded coats, vests, pencil skirts and zipped hoods; and even a shaved fur dress. The unconventional garments were a fresh take on the material and maintained a casual ease through styling with everyday pieces. Fur vests were cinched at the waist and paired with leather pencil skirts or wide-leg trousers. Boxy fur pencil skirts combined with a simple space-dyed knit turtleneck and a hooded coat. The knee-length, half-length sleeved fur dress was layered over a long-sleeved knit and laced up booties, creating a balance that didn’t seem overdone.
The collection relaxed – by Hill’s standards – into mini series of animal prints, chevrons, abstract splatters, black lace and a punch of tangerine. The ensembles had a boxy yet relaxed silhouette that was created from layering pieces of outerwear and oversize knit scarves. Mulberry’s creative director included splattered print anoraks layered over monochrome dresses; blanket coats combined with trenches; and wrapped cardigans teamed up with chevron knee-length dresses. The various prints and colors were intermixed with the layers for a patchwork effect.
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The London brand also introduced a new handbag to join the other two classics on the runway. The Del Rey was interestingly simple and came in a sparkly blue embossed crocodile and a gold snake print. The new bag was inspired by the much-discussed singer Lana Del Rey.
Between the new handbag and the creative fur outing, Hill seems to be on a roll, which could mean very exciting things for this brand.