Runway Report: Mulberry

There was a bittersweet air to Emma Hill’s last collection for Mulberry and for it, things were kept nice and simple – no fuss, no flounce, just wearable and covetable.

Proceedings opened with Cara Delevingne in the house’s new print, a greyscale jacquard entitled ‘Fab Floral’.  The fauna adorned anything from the initial dress coat and shorts combo to a cap-sleeve jacket, a boxy matching tunic and A-line skirt and a bandeau top paired with city shorts.

Things were decidedly matchy matchy this season at Mulberry, another highlight being separates in an array of tonal or textured stripes. Black suede was set alongside leather, whilst a summer palette of nude and ice blue informed an intarsia knit.

Muberry’s characteristic versatility was also evident; boyish tailoring mixing with more vampy all-black leather ensembles alongside downright cool boxy shapes and white on white layers. The monochrome was broken up with a Scandinavian oversized floral featuring a hot orange highlight, seen as an all-over-print on simple shifts and in symmetrical panels on silk separates. The print was also used micro on the block heels of the multi-strap platform sandals.

To the delight of the audience, a new bag also put in an appearance. The Kensal was introduced – a smooth briefcase-style shoulder bag, shown in multiple colourways from grey to hot orange. To that end, Emma can part ways with the iconic brand knowing she delivered a few firsts this season.

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