The Mulberry Autumn/Winter 2013 campaign celebrates the beauty and mystery of the English countryside, combined with the elegant grandeur of an English country manor. Shot by Tim Walker, starring Cara Delevingne.
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Tousled, woolly, and in a beautiful shade of pearly gray, and that was just the standard poodle that made not one but two appearances in the Mulberry collection. Having some canines work the runway, trotting up and down, looking like any minute they might stray literally from the script, and make their way out the door, has become something of a delightfully daffy Mulberry tradition ever since the brand came under Emma Hill’s creative direction six years ago. It’s all part of the quirky, youthful, and anarchically tongue-in-chic spirit she has wanted to bring to what she does; luxury with a laugh or two along the way. All of this attitude is incredibly British, it’s worth noting, redolent of the kinds of worlds depicted in London photographer Merry Brownfield’s recent book, Merry England, a paean to the age-old practice of Morris dancing and the like. Sly and subversive had a stranglehold on this country way before punk’s spiky and snarling arrival on the scene.
Yet this season a quieter, statelier tradition was on Hill’s mind, and that would be this forty-one-year-old British company’s way with crafting a bag. Not that she’s not been serious about it before, but those purses the Alexa, the Del Rey were oftentimes as tricked up as a kid’s toy. Not so with Hill’s new crop of purses, dubbed the Suffolk, that historic, rural English county that stretches from Waveney to Forest Heath. Gorgeously understated and stripped of irony, her Suffolk bags came constructed with a frame back and swung from the hand with a discreet strap, and all were whipped up in the likes of oxblood alligator, pheasant-green ostrich, and classic calf leather in black or off-white. They were effortlessly grown–up and glamorous and indicated the general direction that Hill is taking for fall.
That was entirely evident from the opening looks, which showcased English outdoorsy tweediness, like a shearling collared blue checked boucle coat and a tunic in a floral meadow print over pants in a smaller flower sprig motif; layering was a dominant theme, with trousers-under-skirts galore, though the best was the combination of a long oversized cozy checked sweater atop a spangled short dress and deep blue crop pants. Elsewhere, there were luxurious expressions of what Mulberry is capable of as a house, which would be its short capes and sculpted pleated skirts in oxblood or midnight blue nappa leather; those skirts, in particular, being some of the best examples of a trend that has been gathering steam ever since the opening days of New York. Hill teamed all of this with a kicky high-block-heeled loafer, graphically worked in leather or exotic skins. It was the perfect choice traditional yet twisted, and totally Mulberry.
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Photography by Tim Walker for MULBERRY
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