I remember writing my post about the Mulberry SS13 collection after attending their press day back in October and musing on how strange it was to be thinking about summery pastels and chiffon delights in such bitterly chilly weather. Well, I’m mildly depressed to say that it feels entirely appropriate to be thinking about super chunky knits and thick tweed overcoats in London right now. For any overseas readers not currently suffering seasonally inappropriate semi-tundra weather conditions a) can I come and stay with you please? and b) it’s absolutely bloody freezing here in the UK. Given that the pre fall collections start arriving in stores in May, I’m tempted to give up on summer altogether. But enough of my miserable whinging and back to the matter at hand, Mulberry.
Our feet may have barely recovered from fashion month but this week, press day season began. Not that I’m complaining of course, spending my days looking at lovely clothes and catching up with my favourite fashion folk is hardly a chore, although all that mincing does leave precious little time to actually get any work done. Yesterday’s press day line up was a pretty fantastic one and despite feeling ever-so-slightly fragile after an evening of over indulgence at the Fred Butler Easter Bonnet Parade (followed by ill advised cocktails at Soho House, oops) I found myself so swept up in the Mulberry magic that my headache very nearly subsided.
You may or may not remember my post about Mulberry’s SS13 collection. To summarise, I fell head-over-heels in love with absolutely all of it and was convinced that not even Emma Hill repeat the performance next season. Once again I was proved wrong, and I didn’t mind one bit. As anyone who read my London Fashion Week diaries will recall, I absolutely adored the Mulberry show but in the flesh those clothes were even more delectable. Think luscious leathers in rich shades of emerald, navy and chestnut so buttersoft you couldn’t help but stroke them. Green tweeds applied to immaculately cut overcoats and cute bombers with laser moulded leather cuff detailing. Preppy chic platform loafers in delicate ostrich… And then there were the bags, oh the bags. My beloved Willow tote has been given an AW13 update in hunter green and cobalt blue hues and super luxe crocodile and calfhair skins.
The latest addition to Mulberry’s handbag clan in the Suffolk which, between you and me, is vaguely similar to the Alexa but better. Falling somewhere between a satchel and a doctors bag, the Suffolk is both exquisite and practical. There’s a handy shoulder strap for when you’re lugging lots of stuff and it’s structured enough to avoid the dreaded “bag sag”. Another fave was the Bayswater shoulder style complete with super sweet ladybug hardware.
As per always, I left with a wish list the length of the Nile… Friends and family if you’re reading, it’s the Willow I’m after.
Love Ella. X