LONDON, Sep 19, 201/ — It started with a custom-made invitation containing a paint set and sketchpad. Then as guests approached Claridge’s hotel for Mulberry’s London Fashion Week show a theme of colour became clear, with gnomes from Mulberry’s very own English garden dip-dyed all the colours of the seasonal palette shown on the catwalk.
The setting was an exotic English garden paradise, with grass lining the route through the Ballroom entrance and into the show. Guests including Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Lana Del Rey, Rebecca Hall, Jessica Ennis, Vanessa Kirby, Gillian Anderson, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Romola Garai, Olivia Palermo, Harley Viera Newton, Atlanta de Cadenet, Tamzin Merchant, Freddie Fox, Sunday Girl were served fruit juices and bespoke rainbow cake baked by the Claridge’s pastry chef before entering the show.
Flanking the catwalk were bespoke Mulberry trees, with heavy branches dripping with blooms including roses, hydrangeas and gypsophila to match the collection’s pastel shades and colours. Nestled among and suspended from the flower-filled branches were geckos – a reference to one of the key seasonal prints featured throughout the looks.
On the “green” carpet
Emma Hill, creative director – Shirt Blouse in Biscuit Brown Nappa, High Waisted Jeans from the Spring Summer 2013 Collection
Kate Moss, model – Peacoat in Black Bonded Leather, Shirt Blouse in Black Silk, Ankle Length Trousers in Black Wool, and the Willow Tote in Black Alligator from the Spring Summer 2013 Collection
Alexa Chung, TV presenter & DJ – Velvet Tee in Grey Marl Cotton, Eliza T-Bar Ballerinas in Dark Blush and Alexa Mini-Maxi Giraffe Haircalf from the Spring Summer 2013 Main Collection, and the Lace Trim Shorts in Pinky Mink from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection.
Lana Del Rey, singer – Embroidery Dress in White Cotton, Del Rey in White Mini Gecko Print and Mulberry Signature Mid Heel Pumps in Biscuit Brown from the Spring Summer 2013 Collection
Rebecca Hall, actress – Soft Biker in Black Leather, Studded Sneakers in Black, Maisie Shoulder in Black Shearling from the Autumn Winter 2012 collection
Jessica Ennis, olympian –Bayswater in Sycamore from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection
Vanessa Kirby, actress –Wild Dress in Flame Exotic Tweed, Chain Belt in Black, Lily + Chain in Black Silky Snake from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection
Gillian Anderson, actress – Double Breasted Blazer in Uniform Grey Stripe, Drape Lock Dress in Black, Mulberry Signature Pumps in Flame Patent Leather from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection, and the Harriet Clutch in Black from the Spring Summer 2012 Collection
Joanne Froggatt, actress –Wild Dress in Moonlight Tie Dye Lace, Bryn in Black Haircalf from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection
Elizabeth McGovern, actress – Nightie Skirt in Petrol Lace, Frill Blouse in Black and Del Rey in Petrol from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection
Romola Garai, actress – Double Tiger Motif Jumper in Black Angora, Dorset Booties in Black Forest, Tassel Bag in Oak Suede from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection
Olivia Palermo – Alexa in Nude Mini Flower Gecko Jacquard from the SS13 Catwalk Collection
Harley Viera Newton, DJ – Three Quarter Sleeve Top in Petrol Lace, Dart Skirt in Black, Bryn in Black Haircalf from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection
Atlanta de Cadenet, DJ – Full Sleeve Blouse in Scribbly Floral, Dorset Booties in Black and Del Rey in Black Forest from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection
Tamzin Merchant, actress – Cropped Jacket in Black Nappa, Lace Trim Cami in Snowball White, Tassel Pumps in Black, Maisie Clipper in Black Suede from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection
Mia Moretti, DJ – Maisie Clipper in Oak Silky Snake from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection
Freddie Fox, actor – Herringbone Scarf in Oak from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection
Sunday Girl, singer – Zig Zag Bag in Black from the Autumn Winter 2012 Collection