The Mulberry Spring/Summer 2014 show took place at London Fashion Week yesterday afternoon, in the usual location at Claridge’s hotel. It was a sad occasion, as it was Emma Hill’s last collection for the British brand. In her six years as creative director she transformed the label into a global luxury fashion house, introducing ready-to-wear and creating ‘It’ bags like the Alexa and Del Rey. There were no tears at the show, however, and the mood inside the Claridge’s ballroom was as light and fun as ever. Guests were greeted with traditional English cakes and cucumber finger sandwiches, and a couple of poodles mooched about in the lobby, dressed in Mulberry jackets.
This season Emma Hill took inspiration from Sixties London and English country houses. Cara Delevingne made her first appearance at London Fashion Week, opening the show in a beautiful floral coat, which was paired with matching tailored shorts and a pastel shirt. The collection then moved onto bright floral prints – which were either worn head-to-toe or mixed with navy leather – and closed with and all-white finale.
I’ll be honest, it wasn’t my favourite Mulberry collection. But I absolutely loved the leather separates, the boxy statement tops and the cartoon floral print. I can’t wait to see girls walking around London in the colourful retro pattern; it has major fall-good factor!
As of yet there’s no word on who will take over the reigns at Mulberry, and we’re also unsure of Emma Hill’s next move. But one thing’s for sure… there are definitely exciting times ahead for both!
Are you sad to see Emma Hill depart from Mulberry? Did you like her final collection for Spring/Summer 2014?