Mulberry’s new creative director, Johnny Coca, launched the Autumn Winter show in the Great Hall at Guildhall in London giving an element of class to the show. Everything about it was traditional, with a military flare and we were left with a rebellious theme – the chunky shoes and repetitive use of studs gave the whole collection a modern feel as well.
Each model had very minimalistic makeup and slicked-back hair, tying in with the very classic and traditional theme – almost as if the clothes spoke volumes to the point where makeup was unnecessary.
Every outfit was tailored perfectly to fit the model and despite the fact that there was a lot of modern twists in the collection – Mulberry’s traditional routes stayed predominant. The luxurious pieces were loaded with English references from trousers with braces to ruffle bib shirts.
The bomber jackets were certainly a very up-to-date trend for Mulberry to place in their line and would certainly aim at a younger market – the red floral pattern kept it elegant and could be worn day to day whereas the black embellished lace bomber could be dressed up or dressed down.
The contrasts of bright satsuma oranges on the navy blue coats made for a great combination of colours. Mesh black dresses with black underwear pushed boundaries of this brands routes and gave us the impression that Johnny Coca has new ideas for Mulberry.
Every model donned a handbag in all shapes and sizes showing the brand caters to all needs and wants.
Mulberry has a passion for “Le Style Anglais” – The combination of practicality and style and this certainly remains central to the brand in this particular collection. The leather pleated skirts which were embellished with studs seemed to have a twisted school girl theme with a rebellious edge.
All in all the AW16 line kept up with Mulberry’s timeless British style whilst bringing it into 2016 with a more youthful appeal – perhaps a whole new market for this brand.
Words By: Sophie Gallagher