Mulberry Fall 2012 Review
Photos courtesy of Mulberry
Looks from the Mulberry Fall 2012 runway.
THEME: Where the Wild Things Are
HAIR: Sam McKnight
MAKEUP: Mathias van Hooff
NAILS: Anatole Rainey
ACCESSORIES: The Del Rey bag inspired by a certain chanteuse; oversized printed scarves; wedge booties in shearling, suede, and snake; and Zig Zag and trompe l'oeil-style Maisie bags
FRONT ROW: Lana Del Rey, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen, Olivia Palermo, Bill Nighy, Azealia Banks
OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Warm-blooded furs and earthy Aztec prints
Maybe it was the frigid London weather talking, but nothing looked more inviting than the luscious furs hitting the Mulberry runway—save perhaps for the fur-covered benches that warmed many an A-lister's bottom. Inspired by snuggly Eskimo pelts and Where the Wild Things Are (a catwalk flanked by giant monsters added a Sendakian touch), creative director Emma Hill delivered a modern medley of creature comforts in the form of hairy Mongolian fur coats, skirts, bombers, and gilets (eat your heart out, Cousin Itt); prim rabbit knit dresses that were the perfect amount of chunky; and a divine sheepskin wrap coat that recalled Jackie O.
Painterly prints with an Aztec/animalistic bent—think tie dye tiger sweaters and multicolored zig zag flying jacket outfitted with fur-trimmed hoods— also appealed to our animal instincts, while giving the North Pole aesthetic a dash of native-inspired warmth and vibrancy. Tiger-printed scarves were knotted and layered over buttery lacquered viscose skirts, cinched in place with double wrap belts.
Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango (or Flame, according to the show notes), broke up the earthy palette via ultra-feminine double-faced silk dresses and a quirky monster-print sweater, while our inner vamps gushed over a black leather dress and moonlight tie dye silk nightie number with sexy sheer lace panels.
Speaking of monster hits, front-rower Lana Del Rey cemented her meteoric rise to fame by inspiring the retro-style Del Rey handbag, served up in ostrich, metallic snake, metallic fur, and a sparkle croc print accented with a gold turtle lock. Take that, naysayers.