London Fashion Week may be over, but my Mulberry show memories are a gift that keeps on giving. For starters I still have the inflatable balloon animals in my room, captured towards the end of the party and transported home on the dreary night bus. For some reason the musical invitation still keeps on playing with no contact whatsoever. I guess I had a slight inkling of what the direction for the label would be this season from the inflatable rubber ring they sent and cheeky 'Ding Dong' slogans on the official fashion week totes. I love how consistent everything is even down to the creative trimmings that adorn the entrance to the show plus the food and drink that is served. It's like you've been transported to an alternate Mulberry universe where the hair is big and retro ice cream vans serve raspberry swirl flavours in chilly mid-September. This was the ultimate fashion show experience that somehow manages to out-do itself every year and I felt extremely lucky to be a part of it again.
Seeing all of the SS12 collections has made me yearn for summer dressing somewhat, but ultimately I know that we'll end up with the typical British weather. Mulberry has channelled the annoyingly unpredictable climate into rain macs, parkas and plenty of layering making the collection suitable for a seaside visit or posh day out in London. It took me a while to figure out how all the balloon wildlife fitted in, but after looking through the photos I took and deciphering that they were carousel creatures, I loved the contrast and new take on animal print. Yellow was a key colour and even though I want my first Mulberry purchase to be a sensible and timeless one, I was tempted by the bright hues on offer with the cute scalloped edges providing the perfect update for the signature bags. I bet all of the little details look even better up close, but from afar I was admiring the khaki green jackets and lace appliqué dresses; I could quite happily wear everything!
The after party was the perfect continuation of the show later on and I definitely regretted eating a large meal beforehand, after assuming that a fashion week party wouldn't have any food! My second dinner consisted of miniature portions of fish n' chips, hot dogs, burgers and prawn cocktail with plenty of ice cream and jelly to finish. I attempted to win a teddy bear using one of those machines with the electronic hand to no avail, hence the balloon thievery.
What are your thoughts on Mulberry's SS12 collection? I loved the slightly sporty feel of the outerwear in contrast to the delicate dresses and even though I'm pretty scared of dogs, they coordinated perfectly. Now we just need to get through this Winter...