London Fashion Week – Mulberry Show A/W 2011

Posted on February 22, 2011


So, it’s London Fashion Week once again and one of my favourite shows is always Mulberry.

Their shows are always cute, quirky and fun and somehow manage to be more down to Earth and less pretentious than many of the other shows. The A/W2011 show, held at Claridges’ stunning ballroom, was no exception.

Backstage was the usual organised chaos, but front-of-house the team had transformed the reception and ballroom into a wooded wonderland, redolent of the english countryside. A flock of finches perched on bare tree branches whilst, over on a dilapidated shed, a curled fox slept through the clamour of the thronging guests, including Rosmand Pike, Kirsten Dunst, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicolas Holt, Karen Gillan and Gemma Arterton, whilst waiters in red hunting jackets served the drinks.

Finally seated, it was time to get a first glimpse of Mulberry’s latest collection. Inspired by the english country way-of-life and Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox,  their Autumn/Winter collection was simply stunning. Indeed, I think it’s safe to say that this is their best collection yet.

The colour palate was distinctly Autumn/Winter, all muted tones and natural shades with delightful names such as Mole Grey, Fox Brown, Conker, Dark Heather and Red Onion, whilst the seasonal accent colours stood out in stark contrast to this rich colour base, with intense colours such as Hedgehog Bronze, Foxglove Pink, Bright Cabbage and Pheasant Green.

The playful Mulberry prints were in evidence once again, featuring feathers, petals, birds and squirrels all in beautiful, seasonal colours.

The silhouette for the Mulberry Girl was brilliantly conceived, striking a balance between the flirtatious and girly with confident femininity. The beautifully crafted wooden wedges in striking autumnal tones were coupled with beige, knee-high socks. The skirt hems sat just above the knee and this was complimented by the strong layering of jackets, coats and turtlenecks above. One again, the styling by Edward Enninful was cohesive and strong, truly highlighting the collection’s strengths.

What the stars had to say at the after party.

All in all, this was a truly stunning show. The styling, hair and make up were all of the calibre you would expect from the likes of Enninful, Sam McKnight and Mathias van Hoof. The collection was a truly fabulous mix of colours and textures, flowing pleated dresses mixed with gorgeous knits, trenches and quilted jackets. There were also some welcome additions to the growing family of Mulberry bags, but, with this collection Mulberry have risen above their mainstays to produce a collection that felt both directional and accessible, as well as feeling true to its inspiration.