We were transported to a dark fairy tale upon entering SoHo House’s library for the Mulberry presentation. Trees were crawling with black glitter encrusted bugs and tables were lined with glossy red apples, the kind that if you take a bite will send you into a slumber for eternity.
The collection had none of the sinister undertones suggested by the scene, but did have a youthful wonder about it. For the most part, the clothes were colorful, but dark. Bright accessories gave unexpected and fun pops of color. Oversized outerwear in an olive green knit and a furry purple with big pom-pom tassels would be the right, lighthearted way to take on winter. And again, we saw riding caps- which have come up on several runways, but sadly might look better on a runway than in real life.
The Mulberry girl this season was inspired by a 70’s illustration of a girl on a motorbike, eclectic, eccentric, with a wandering eye for boys. I didn’t quite get that from the collection- it is too pulled together compared to the other bad girls we’ve seen. That said, the “Jackie-Onasis-Meets-Miss-Jean-Brodie” works for me. Just beware of evil stepmothers.