Form-fitting garments were not on the menu this season for Mulberry, with their Autumn/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection opting for a feast of dark, loose pieces. Designer Emma Hill produced a collection that was almost unrecognizable to the usual light collections developed by Mulberry. With dark emeralds, strong navy hues and deep burgundy walking the runway, the only light was seen through touches of light pink and the occasional cream piece.
Oversized flowers set the stage, making it clear that Mulberry’s quirky tendencies would be present once more. It was not clear, however, that instead of a light and airy collection, we would be presented with a dark, checkered fantasy. As mentioned by Maya Singer, the collection held a slight Alice in Wonderland vibe, that is, the darker adaptation by Tim Burton. With gloomy checkered prints and a wide range of leather pieces present, it should have echoed the usual fall collection we have come to seen. However, the collection seemed to be caught in a gray area – between being quirky, and not being quirky enough. With the setting establishing an expectation for eccentricity, Hill could have rendered this significantly more in the actual collection. The individual pieces exhibited were diverting, whilst possessing a warm evaluation on this season’s modest lengths and cuts. As per usual, Mulberry shone with their use of accessories, with their trademark bags having an Autumn/Winter face-lift.
Delivery a range of pieces heavily influenced by the brand’s British heritage, Mulberry presented a dark, rich Ready-to-Wear collection. Regardless of whether the collection required more or less of a zany approach, Emma Hill produced a variety of warm and cozy pieces that deserve due recognition. One thing is for sure though; the new Mulberry accessories will be snatched up very, very quickly!