Runway Report: Mulberry AW18

Mulberry has been a ‘must-watch’ brand since Johnny Coca took the Creative Director seat in 2015. Known as an English heritage label, for Fall 2018 Coca looked in his own backyard and paid homage to all things England. Trips by-the-sea, English tea parties, and garden escapades are some of the themes that jumped out of the lilac-carnation hued runway.  

Showcasing Mulberry’s first ever see-now-buy-now collection, the creative genius chose Spencer House as his venue of choice. After all, you can’t get much more British than Princess Diana’s family’s ancestral London home. A variety of Ascot-themed hats paraded down the runway, paired with long-lined pantsuits, with ostentatious gold buttons. A classic tea-floral print was placed on a tiered ruffle dress, while a gentlemen’s shirt stripe was constructed into an oversized, drop-waist dress. The colors contrasted between English mustard, cobalt blue, rose pink, peach, and marmalade. A yellow condiment velvet and sequin strap dress with tiers was paired with long drop earrings and ruffle-trim tap shoes – a new look for Mulberry.

Mulberry, known predominantly for accessories, was given an upgrade in style, and downgrade in size. The iconic Bayswater style may be no more, but instead, Coca presented miniature, pouches, top-handle totes, lady bags and pochettes.

Alison Goldfrapp closed the show on a centerpiece cylinder while the crowd applauded another vibrant and progressive collection by Johnny Coca.

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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog (www.zenandthecity.net) Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji