Mulberry tracks down the yeti! Then makes it into a coat… British label's fantasy-inspired fashion show is a feast of fur
It was bedlam at Claridge's Hotel this morning as a thousand fashionistas, photographers and celebrities were funnelled through one revolving door and corralled through helium-balloon festooned rooms to their seats in the star-lit Ballroom.
Enormous yetis loomed over the catwalk, while guests parked their bottoms on long benches covered in shaggy black fur for what has fast become the hottest ticket in town.
Guest of honour Lana del Rey sat front row, hugging her new Del Rey bag in white ostrich – designed for her personally by Mulberry (it is set to be the new star bag from the brand, to be launched in May).
Furry chic: Yeti
coats in brown and black were neatly cinched at the waist with narrow
belts; right, texture was key, as leather with a subtle sheen was
contrasted with long-haired goat fur and fine knits
Monsters inc: Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are was a major influence
Elsewhere on the front row, Love
Actually actor Bill Nighy rubbed shoulders with a seemingly delighted
Anna Wintour (wearing that furry leopard print coat she was spotted in
last night and dark glasses, of course), while My Week With Marilyn star
Michelle Williams chatted with stylist Olivia Palermo and Pass Out
singer Tinie Tempah, who made an appearance at the Issa show last night.
Inspiration for the show was as
unlikely as it gets in the fashion world: Maurice Sendak's furry
critters in the brilliant children's book Where The Wild Things Are, as
well as the highly acclaimed film that came later from Spike Jonze. That explains those yetis then.
Still, Creative Director Emma Hill
made it work, of course (she does have the Midas touch, after all). Somehow those loveable monsters translated
into wonderfully furry coats made from long-haired Mongolian goat
fur, as well as shaggy gilets cinched at the waist, and furry
long-haired skirts: one way to keep warm next winter.
for the colour palette, think hues of creme caramel, sepia tones that could have leapt right off the celluloid of Jonze's film.
Those rich tones of chocolate,
oak and sycamore, camel and espresso, were shot through with vivid bursts of
tangerine and burnt orange, seen in a quilted bomber jacket; a
lace and silk corset dress.
Elsewhere, the schoolgirl explorer from photographer Tim Walker's debut film The Lost Explorer supplied inspiration for a lighter colour palette that took in white, grey and inky blue with highlights of petrol and flame.
Autumnal: A creme caramel palette made for a
rich, warm feel, while furry gilets in Mongolian fur added volume and
texture. Right, those marbled knits again, with a sycamore double twill
coat, and lacquered viscose skirt
The collection was shot through with bold tones of tangerine and burnt orange
Quilting, fringing with lacquered viscose skirt and the oversized zig zag Alexa bag
More tangerine, and the successful Alexa revamped for AW12 in orange tweed
Fur was a constant theme throughout the show, surfacing in the form of hooded jackets, gilets and dresses
was the buzzword of the day, with Mongolian fur, sheepskin and rabbit
fur (PETA will not be amused) contrasting with silky cashmere, fine knits and lacquered viscose – a
fabric with a light sheen reminiscent of leather that provided a foil
for the very voluminous or the super shaggy.
is Mulberry, so bags are key. Here, as well as seeing the Del Rey make
its debut (in ink blue sparkle crocodile print and soft black leather),
we saw the Alexa with an AW12 facelift: embellished with zig zag bead
designs, or worked over in soft haircalf. The Lily and the Maisie
completed the roll call of arm candy.
The real star of the show though was the grey Hungarian Puli, who walked the catwalk in
his own little coat made by Mulberry: A luxurious sheepskin-trimmed
padded parka jacket. He was the best dressed dog in W1 this morning, bar none.
Warm tones: Fur bombers, sheepskin jackets and marbled chunky knits provided texture, while lace, cashmere trousers and fine yarn sweaters added luxury. Right, an almost painterly effect on a dress
New wave: The Maisie bag features a signature front panel created using heat moulded technology to give a trompe l'oeil impression of heritage Mulberry features. Right, the updated AW12 Alexa – the zig zag bag: 'Eclectic, exotic, with print colour clashes, studs, tassels and the seasonal statement zig zag motif'
Best dressed dog in town: A Hungarian Puli models a Mulberry jacket
The front row: Tom Hiddleston, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen and Lana Del Rey (holding her new Del Rey bag by Mulberry)
Success story: Creative Director Emma Hill receives her applause after the show
MULBERRY INTRODUCE THE DEL REY IN HONOUR OF LANA
You know you've arrived in the fashion world when Mulberry name a bag after you. And that is the accolade awarded to U.S. singer Lana Del Rey.
Moments before the show opened this morning, Mulberry unveiled their new star bag, named the Del Rey, via their blog page.
Lana models the Del Rey: 'A playful take on Old Hollywood glamour and
retro style, with an easy sensibility and English common sense'
Described as Old Hollywood glamour with a fun twist, it is a classic shape with gentle structure and simple metalwork.
Lana cradled hers (in white ostrich) throughout the show this morning – unsurprisingly, given that it's one of the first in existence – while models marched past carrying inky blue versions of the same bag.
The Del Rey launches in May, but lucky Lana got hers in time for the show, along with the matching bomber, also from the AW12 collection.
Classic: The Del Rey has minimal metal work and a gently structured shape
PS: MULBERRY'S INSPIRATION IN PICTURES…
Inspiring: Maurice Sendak's book, Where The Wild Things Are
Inspiration for the sepia colour palette was drawn from the monsters in Spike Jonze's film version of Where The Wild Things Are
Evocative: Tim Walker's film, The Lost Explorer conjured up ideas of late night adventures, school days and vivid imaginations