Oh British Vogue! You have excelled yourself. Well done. A very nice letter shall be sent home with you tonight to share with your parents. I expect it might even make the fridge, yes, the work you have done really is that good. Greatly improved. Please continue in this new wave of excellence. And employ Mert & Marcus to shoot more of your covers please.
The Autumn/Winter 2011 Louis Vuitton presentation was by far the show highlight of last season. It set the darkly repressed bondage theme of the entire season and the show itself was a work of art, with lifts ascending to the runway containing some of the world’s biggest models. The Spring/Summer 2012 collection which showed this morning had a lot to live up to. When the curtain sailed upwards to reveal a revolving carrousel with a model perched perfectly on each of the white horses I was immediately struck by how similar it was to the Chanel show a few years back which was the exact same concept. I suppose in this world nothing is genuinely new anymore but it’s bound to bring up more than a few Chanel comparisons.
Marc Jacobs presented us with an ultra feminine floral affair of whites and pastel colours that would look quite at home in a fairytale like setting. Some of the detailed embellishment on the floral pieces was exceptionally pretty. Collarless coats were once again a bit feature, with dainty floral broderie anglaise shirt collars peaking out. The shapes aren’t going to be the easiest to pull off I have to say, if some of these tiny models can be made to look like they’re expecting then we can’t hold much hope for it looking any better on a ‘real’ women.
Overall it’s a very pretty, whimsical little collection that’s sure to bring out your inner seven year old girl next Summer and there are certainly some great pieces in the mix here. And of course once again we saw Marc Jacobs manage to coax Kate Moss out of runway retirement to close the show for him. The power of Marc.
Mulberry is fast becoming known for more than amazingly enviable bags; the ready-to-wear collections are enticing some pretty famous ladies into purchasing more than just an Alexa. The show this morning saw a pretty stellar front row including the likes of Kirsten Stewart, Kate Moss and Romola Garai.
The show itself had the usual dose of fun and frivolity Emma Hill has come to give Mulberry. The invites were an ice cream sandwich, inflatable seaside toys made up the décor and there was even some donkey action. It is perhaps that sense of fun that makes the fashion pack quite so excited to see what’s happening next in Mulberry land.
Yellow is officially the colour of next season. It’s been coming through in some way, shape or form in most of the shows we’ve seen thus far and Mulberry was no exception. How well it’s going to catch on I’m less sure about however. It’s a tricky colour to pull off without a doubt, and made all the more so when it’s in head-to-toe looks like it is here. These yellows are at their best when they’re teamed with easy nude tones, taking on a distinct likeness to vanilla ice creams and a wafer cornet. Quite a few shows have seen it paired this way and it’s probably going to be the easiest way to buy into the yellow trend next year without looking like Ronald McDonald.
Overall the lines are mostly soft and the pieces are mostly for you to feel comfortable in going about your daily life. There’s nothing too restrictive, nothing too much of a hindrance. Next season is all about doing everything with ease. Apart from your hair – big hair’s clearly happening next season too, check out the backcombing going on here. All the energy you save on your clothing needs to go into some serious backcombing girls.