It's not a catwalk, it's a DOGwalk, as a poodle upstages models at Mulberry show
11:14 GMT, 19 September 2012
The best front row so far this season was at the Mulberry show on Tuesday morning: Kate Moss, the female cast of Downton Abbey, Rebecca Hall, and Jessica Ennis, although I sadly did not recognise the gold medal winner out of her normal Lycra.
How Mulberry engineered this feat is anyone's guess, although I imagine they all now possess a brand new bag, which is the whole point of this exercise. Shifting 1,000 bags, which account for a third of all the brand's sales.
The stars were in fact a distraction from what was on the catwalk, which as usual was fabulous: sunray pleats on chiffon dresses with asymmetric hems, oversize pea coats, wide leg trousers, ribbon neck shirts.
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The overriding influence was the Seventies (the brand was founded in 1971, and staged its first catwalk show in 1978), the theme was florals, not just on the clothes but on the sandals and shoe boots and of course covering the bags.
The brand new bag was introduced: the Willow, available in tote and clutch, is a structured bag with an old-fashioned, doctor's bag feel, with fewer aggressive studs and infuriating pockets.
Tongue in cheek: The collection included several floral items
Seventies influence: The designs featured 70s style silhouettes and tailoring with a contemporary feel
The collection went down well with Liz Jones, who said it was another triumph for designer Emma Hill
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Following on from Burberry Prorsum’s Quality Street metallics, Mulberry opened the show with caramel leather and metallic bronze.
Key looks were the oversized biker jackets matched with pleated floral 70s inspired dresses.
Emma Hill referenced the younger years of Mulberry with her 70s silhouettes and tailoring. Rural England was also referenced in the ditsy blossom full-on prints.
It was 70s but with a modern edge, contemporary touches were added to keep the look up to date like the biker jacket and the print on print trouser suit.
The overriding fabric on offer was soft,
buttery nappa leather: used in coats, skirts and even dresses: it looks
gorgeous, but will I imagine be hugely expensive.
Less successful were all the white
pieces, adorned with a flower garnish: the white cargo trousers looked a
bit Marks & Spencer.
Willow tote in white alligator is bound to get Biro on it at some
But other colours, the biscuits, pinks and nudes or, in fashion
speak, the 'Pear Sorbet', 'Berry Cream', 'Light Peach' and 'Mint', were
gorgeous and soft.
a nappa biker, worn over the silk georgette evening gown, was gorgeous,
the rest of the biker jackets, which come in floral leather, and
canvas, veered into dreaded blouson territory.
But all in all, another triumph for designer Emma Hill, who I fear will be snapped up by an Italian rival soon….
Sunray pleats on chiffon dresses with asymmetric hems, oversize pea coats, wide leg trousers, ribbon neck shirts were the order of the day
Best front row: Vanessa Kirby (far left) Lana Del Rey, supermodel Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, actress Rebecca Hall and Hilary Alexander were in the audience
Golden girl Jessica Ennis sat on the front row with her Mulberry bag by her side
VIDEO: Stars squeeze in for Mulberry front row…