Still without a creative director since the departure of Emma Hill last year, it was a paired down event for Mulberry again this season. With regular stories in the press detailing profit warnings and the company yet to find a new CEO and a replacement for Hill, perhaps Claridge’s Ballroom would have been a little inappropriate. Instead, it was a static presentation in the sun-filled London showroom, where guests nibbled on Darjeeling macaroons, whipped English salt cod and English cheddar scones as they perused the new collection.
For spring-summer, Mulberry has stayed close to home, taking inspiration from the classic English country garden, where delphiniums, cornflowers and cow parsley run wild over trellis and the Mulberry girl—a practical English lass—gets down and dirty in her gardening clogs and the canvas and leather separates that clash with her pretty floral prints.
The standout pieces here were the coat, mini skirt and dress in the black trellis jacquard, where black hexagonal embroidery reminiscent of a honeycomb clashed with florals against a pale blue silk. Also a knockout was the white dress printed with bluebells, its midi-skirt and softly draped sleeves lending it a vintage sensibility.
Of course, with Mulberry, the real draw is the accessories and this season is no exception, where the bags remain on point. The new Delphie Duo bag lives up to its name - it is two bags in one. Yes, pop open the circular push lock of the Delphie and the leather flips completely around to reveal another color or texture beneath that fastens in the same place. Voila! Two luxury handbags for the price of one.
Elsewhere, the Englishness continues, with a collaboration with pet accessory brand Mungo & Maud to create a line of colorful collars and leads for your dog. For what else is an English country girl to do when the gardening is finished but take her designer pooch for a walk in the woods? Mulberry has a particular vision of what it is, or will be, to live in the English countryside in 2015, but there’s no denying it is a fun one.