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Mulberry's fairy tale display at Fashion Week

Mulberry's fairy tale display at Fashion Week

In a very elegant hotel, in a make believe forest, English luxury brand Mulberry got the fourth day of London's Fashion Week off to storybook start with a show that was made from a dream.
The company's creative director, Emma Hill, echoed the fairy-tale setting of Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" at London's Claridges Hotel Sunday, setting the scene for her Autumn Winter 2011 collection by making her fantasy come to life.
"I was obsessed by the story as a child," Hill told The Associated Press. "I was so impressed by the Englishness of it all."
Featuring duffel jackets thrown over long skirts, Hill married an image of carefree but elegant _ the moment where a woman tosses her coat over a maxi dress and slips off into the night.
The fantasy forest mood was carried over with impressive detail for those attending, from cupcakes decorated to look like toadstools to the benches that seemed hewn from deep brown logs.
And what's a forest without a few animals? Dogs with little Mulberry jackets dotted the benches. Sitting in the front row was Guinness, a 3-year-old Burnese mountain dog, who had his own Mulberry bag hanging around his neck. (Mulberry doesn't yet make a jacket in his size, but at least his bag was full of doggie biscuits.)
"I think he got distracted by the Terrier," said his owner, lawyer Fiona McNulty, who added that the maxi dresses also kept blowing into his nose.
But as might be expected for a company whose heritage is the handbag, the show focused heavily on arm candy _ the carefully crafted bags found dangling from the arms of celebrities such as Alexa Chung, who even has one named after her.
Some of the classic designs, such as spring's best-selling "Tillie" was shown in deeper autumn hues, with its classic toggles echoed in the coat that made its way down the runway.
The show featured deep blues and violets, combined with classic camels and browns. An electric green was also tossed in now and again.
With much of the world soon to focus on Britain because of the upcoming royal wedding, Hill said it was a good time to focus on roots.
"We're having a bit of an English fest."


Updated : 2021-10-22 09:29 GMT+08:00