Mulberry catwalk show at London Fashion Week is a fantasy-inspired feast of fur

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

All about texture: Leather with a subtle sheen was contrasted long-haired goat fur and fine knits

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

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.

As
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.

Creme caramel palette made for a rich, warm feel that was very autumnal

Those marbled knits again, with a sycamore double twill coat, and lacquered viscose skirt. Model carries the zig zag Lily shoulder bag in sycamore suede

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

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

Quilting, fringing with lacquered viscose skirt and the oversized zig zag Alexa bag

The collection was shot through with bold tones of tangerine and burnt orange

More tangerine, and the successful Alexa revamped for AW12 in orange tweed

Fur was a constant theme throughout the show, making an appearance in the form of hooded jackets, gilets and even dresses

Fur was a constant theme throughout the show, making an appearance in the form of hooded jackets, gilets and even dresses

Fur was a constant theme throughout the show, surfacing in the form of hooded jackets, gilets and dresses

Texture
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.

This
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.

Fur coat with marbled knit jumper, lace skirt and the Alexa with a facelift - beaded zig zag detail

Sheepskin coat, camel rib turtle neck, double wrap belt in oak, soft trousers in oak cashmere blend, oversized Maisie Clipper in oak silky snake print

Fabrics had an almost painterly effect

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

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

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)

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

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

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.

The Del Rey in an autumnal wine tone

The Del Rey in black

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

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

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

Evocative: Tim Walker's film, The Lost Explorer conjured up ideas of late night adventures, school days and vivid imaginations