A few months ago, I had the delightful opportunity to meet up with the Mulberry team at Coachella and have Emma Hill, the brand's brilliant Creative Director, walk me through some of the key pieces for Pre-Fall and F/W 11. I accepted in an instant, of course, in no small part because there's always a really interesting, often literary, inspiration behind the Mulberry collections (and I happen to be a big fan of everything Hill does). I'm happy to report that this one was no exception to that delightful rule!
For autumn, Hill was inspired by The Fantastic Mr. Fox
, both the incredible Roald Dahl book and the stunning Wes Anderson film. So how does that translate into clothes and handbags, you might ask? Terrifically well! The palette is focused on cozy fall colors like charcoal, bronze, and camel, with a dash of glam metallics and vibrant cabbage green, plus there are loads of dark, woodsy-inspired prints"birds, feathers, various flora"on everything from floor-length gowns to bow-tie blouses. Hill's created a slew of chic outerwear options, many of which were influenced by traditional hunting and fishing jackets, and the result is the epitome of utilitarian chic. In terms of bags, Hill took a classic satchel"the Fox Lock Oversized Bag, see detail shot, below"and gave it a fox-head lock, a sweet-and-subtle nod to the book/film. (In addition to the satchel, the best-selling Lily bag also got a fox-lock makeover, and Hill additionally designed a Bayswater bag that is studded with fox head rivets. It's tough and twee, in the best possible way!)
But the best accessory, in my humble opinion, is a camera bag with a double-chain strap, better known as the Carter. Available in a perfect neutral taupe/gray leather and black, in addition to a handful of other materials and prints, this bag is absolute heaven. I'm in love with it already and you will be too"I promise! -HK