Mulberry has been associated with “Le Style Anglais” ever since Roger Saul and his mother decided to start a small accessories company in Chilcompton in 1971.
The brand is now a multi-million-dollar enterprise that was transformed into one of Britain’s most reputable labels for approachably glam style by Creative Director Emma Hill. Hill took Mulberry, an accessories company with several notable “It” bags under its belt at the time, directly into bestseller territory with collections that infused fashion with fun. For Spring/Summer 2014, after six years at the helm, Hill showed her final collection for the brand, which reestablishes Mulberry’s DNA as a mix of British heritage estate finery and a mod 1960s aesthetic.
The setting is the well-kept garden of an English country home, and the parade of sheer, striped tunic dresses and leather separates juxtapose wonderfully against the show’s posh surroundings. The subject of the show centers on a young city girl visiting the English countryside to meet her future mother-in-law, but this mother-in-law presumably bears a royal title. She’s dressed up for the occasion in floral wallpaper prints that are slightly too big, separates that alternate between vertical panels of sheer and opaque, and glossy and matte fabrics. You can take a city girl and put her in the country, but she’s still going to pack stylish leather, knee-length skirts, sectioned leather dusters, and glossy leather corsets. Several ladylike looks will appeal to the Lady of the House, most notably a vibrant printed shift dress and a lovely ivory, cap-sleeved, open-face jacket with curving lapels. Hill saves her wow-the-crowd pieces for the end, showing a stunning and simple red gown and a voluminous cocoon jacket-and-dress combination decorated with raised stitching. Apparently, all fares well for our subject’s encounter with aristocracy – at the end, she’s wearing wedding white.
Photos: Courtesy of Mulberry