Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Review – Mulberry A/W 2012 at London Fashion Week

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the wood for the trees – in the case of Mulberry‘s A/W show yesterday morning at Claridge’s ballroom, it was difficult to see the fashion for the celebrities (and the goodie bags and the helium …

Sun, Feb 19, 2012, 21:59

   

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the wood for the trees – in the case of Mulberry‘s A/W show yesterday morning at Claridge’s ballroom, it was difficult to see the fashion for the celebrities (and the goodie bags and the helium balloons and the tomato juices being handed out by good-looking men). And once I got past all of those (you’ll agree) sizable obstacles, even then it was difficult to get excited about much at the Mulberry show.

Check me out, photobombing Lana del Ray et al!

The show opened to the sound of lions roaring and continued along a Where the Wild Things Are theme, with, at one point, Iggy Pop’s Real Wild Child* blasting through the speakers (echoes of Pretty Woman, anyone?) – tones were varying shades of caramel and hair and make-up were really simple. Hair was plaited, mussed up and pinned atop the models’ heads and skin was dewy, glowing, with defined brows and otherwise very natural shades. Highlights were the hand-knitted woollens, the multicolour zany zig zag that adorned varying items from coats to bags (you heard it here first: 2012 will be the year of the print) and, of course, the bags – though the Del Ray was getting column inches due to its star “hook”, my favourite was the  Lily shoulder bag with chain handle.

A lot of the styling – layer upon layer, gilet over jacket over dress with chunky heels – reminded me of modern street fashion, in that there was very little about it that seemed totally original. That’s not to say that it wasn’t well put together – it was – or that there weren’t a lot of items in the line-up that I would kill to have in my wardrobe, but the excess of mongolian sheepskin that didn’t even do the models any favours didn’t exactly sell the show to me.

Check out the pics here – I, sadly, have no access – and let me know what you thought!

* That is a hilarious video. R-Patz!

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