Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Sunday – Mulberry, Claridges

Mulberry is always my LFW highlight and Emma Hill and her team came through once again. This time the collection was inspired by Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox (one of my favourites!) and the English countryside.

Claridges was transformed into an outdoorsy paradise. Colourful little birds decorated twisted branches as a pretend fox languished on the roof of a ramshackle wooden shed. Massive toadstools and plenty of moss made the atmosphere complete.

We were given little illustrated cards for the sake of seat allocation – I had a pretty squirrel. We were then fed with toadstool cupcakes and watered with blackcurrant Belvoir drinks (‘posh Ribena!’ exclaimed my friend Simone). We headed into the show space which, despite the clever organisation, was still rather crowded. Mulberry’s popularity was in full evidence. I spied sexy Sherlock Holmes Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicola from Girls Aloud, Karen Gillan from Doctor Who, Fearne Cotton and Dinos Chapman on the front row.

The collection had a seventies feel with lots of flowing maxi dresses, polo necks and knee-length skirts. My favourites included a head-to-toe emerald green ensemble and a heavily embellished black A-line skirt with box pleats. I felt the focus was more on texture than prints this season which actually worked beautifully. The bags, as usual were covetable and similar (in shape, at least) to the Alexa. The show was styled to perfection by Edward Enninful and his talented team (hi Lucy!).

Model-wise, Sam McKnight went for centre-parted free flowing locks whilst Mathias Van Hoof designed a polished, clean face using Mac products. This look has triggered an almost feverish need to locate my missing clip-in hair…the search will continue once I have finished writing this. I want Olivia Palermo hair.

After taking millions of pictures of everything we were ready to leave and collected a Mulberry canvas bag on the way out. It contained a fox-shaped biscuit (which I still can’t bring myself to eat – it’s too nice) and a sheet of shiny woodland stickers.

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