Known as an extremely British brand that takes its inspiration from “the spirit of heritage”, it’s no surprise that Johnny Coca’s Mulberry AW17 show for London Fashion Week sported a strong equestrian theme. And the dramatic music was certainly fitting for the strong and powerful looks shown across the runway.
The oversized tweed blazer jackets, tweed skirts and knee high boots reflected this equestrian theme.
However, it was the poncho style tops and dresses that seemed to stand out the most. The quilted fabric and a rectangular shape made them resembled a horse blanket, again reflecting the theme. This creative idea seemed to shock the audience. The blanket type tops and dressed were cleverly fitted around the model, showing off their silhouette, whilst still retaining the rectangular shape. This certainly avoided any kind of potato sack look.
The show started off with fairly dull colours but by the end of the catwalk, a diverse amount of colour had been shown in the collection, giving a modern fun vibe. Lots of patterns were featured but floral patterns and lace seemed to dominate a majority of the looks, giving the collection a posh and elegant vibe that is often associated with the equestrian style. The outfits provided high coverage and most appeared floaty, this also made the looks respectable and elegant.
The main colour that seemed to be featured on looks was mustard yellow. Being the it colour that dominated the runways of spring, the colour was still relevant and gorgeous on both the bags and clothes. The colour gave the collection a more vintage yet timeless effect.
Of course, every look wouldn’t be complete without a staple Mulberry bag. Over the shoulder bags seemed to be the most popular, completing the look.
Overall, the AW17 collection was a complete success, it is unique and extremely creative. Sheer lace dressed with a doily type collar were a personal favourite and I cannot wait wait to see what comes next for SS18. An iconic brand with an incredible creative director. Hats off, or should I say bags off to you Coca!